I got on the "Once" bandwagon a little late in the game, as I tend to do these days with most films, what with taking care of Future and working. But I am on it now. This film would not work without the charisma the two leads have (both musician/singer/songwriters who have never acted before***) and the great songs they write/perform in the film. It's hard to get actors who can hold a camera's (and the audience's) attention the way these two seem to effortlessly. Notice how the director only really moves the camera in a big way twice, and each time depends on how interested we are in one of the two leads. The only reason he gets away with it is because of how much the actors have earned our interest.
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Coming up, I join the "unqualified pundits talking about poor Heath Ledger" bandwagon.
*Because I'm a big f'ing snob. There. I said it. Happy?
**And no one does.
***And now the theme of this post is revealed... ta-DAH!