We went to go see Once this last weekend.
It was a nice, very understated independent movie. I think it's safe to say that half the movie is spoken and half sung. Not a musical per se, a movie that is partly about music and the songs sort of tell what could be the fill-in back story.
The acting is better than ok though nothing extrodinary, but just sends off a really good chemsitry and vibe. But the musical performances are good, with the songs written and performed by the two leads....whose character names are never mentioned.
Most of the movie seems to be filmed with a handheld camera with little to no artificial lighting which really adds to the mood and feel. Usually today's independent films are just really slick movies with an independent distributor - really not independent at all.
It's been a long time since I've seen a movie that reminded me of a Drexel like movie of the mid to late '80s (christ, I just went to their site and they're even playing Die Hardest Once Again IV...or whatever it's called and Transformers). It was nice to see that kind of film back in the theatres.
Granted, we don't go out to movies a lot anymore, but it is safe to say that this has been the best one we've seen in 2007.
I really liked the music. It is the kind of stuff I'd buy....very Damien Rice like. Which makes sense since the movie is set in Ireland and is mostly acoustic with harmonies provided by a female.
The website linked above also streams the music from the film. ...and while I like it and others may not, I think you have to see the film to put it into context. Just my $0.02.