THIS FILM MAN. I really love it. I can only describe it as like Mamma Mia but with the Beatles instead of ABBA.
Trippin through love and beatles.
I have a love-hate relationship with this movie. It's a cringeworthy Beatles tribute at a Super Bowl halftime show. It's a preteen Beatlemaniac's sloppy fanfiction. It's a completely embarassing jukebox musical that's hard to look at. I think the soul-crushing nadir of this movie is during the "I Want You" number, where a group of soldiers trudge through a model of a 'Nam jungle carrying the Statue of Liberty and belting out "SHE'S SO HEAVY!" Get it? Because muh 'Merica…
Turning Dear Prudence, which was originally written about Mia Farrow's sister, into a metaphor for coming out of the closet (literally) pretty much sums this film up. It's got a unique vision and is more about the impact and effect of The Beatles' music than what actually makes it brilliant, but is also painfully on the nose and a bit silly.
The fact that so many books still name the Beatles as "the greatest or most significant or most influential" rock band ever only tells you how far rock music still is from becoming a serious art. Jazz critics have long recognized that the greatest jazz musicians of all times are Duke Ellington and John Coltrane, who were not the most famous or richest or best sellers of their times, let alone of all times. Classical critics rank the highly controversial…
Very thinly written characters and story made to fit to Beatles songs. Occasionally they hit upon an interesting arrangement, but for every hit there's about half a dozen misses. The Strawberry Fields Forever sequence is the definite highlight.
You know which movie is more annoying to get through?
None. None other movie.
I've been through many musical phases in my life... though I've grown out of it. sure there's bands I listen to more than others but that's normal
phases include but not limited to*
Alt rock catch up
and of course the Beatles# and not just any fan. listening to unreleased music. it was at that time this movie came out
O.K the story is shit but the thing…
A wholly striking and powerful modern musical up until about half-way through when everything falls apart. As soon as the writers start exploring The Beatles' hallucinogenic-inspired era of music, Across the Universe starts feeling like a bad trip.
You know how some movies, you look back and are like 'what was I thinking' and can't believe you were that easy to buy just because - what? Singing and dancing?
And then you feel sort of cheap and used.
That was this movie for me.
I enjoyed Julie Taymor's The Tempest and came across this 2007 film when reading other people's reviews of the former. Luckily my city's library system had a copy of the DVD. Aren't libraries a wonderful institution!
I thoroughly enjoyed Across the Universe as a tribute to both the Beatles' music, and the political protests of the 60's and 70's. I was in my teens and twenties during this period, so it brought back many varied memories. And the Beatles music…