FILM REVIEW: Across the Universe

I have to admit that I was not that excited with the prospect of this movie.  I seemed like just another way to cash-in on a Beatle-related theme and put out a musical movie ala that wonderfully disastrous flick the Bee Gees created decades ago. 

I know artistically they are telling a story and paying homage to the Beatles musical genius all at the same time.  More often than not, though, these types of films turn out to be car wrecks.  I changed my mind with this film when I saw the trailer for it.  This film looks a little more like The Who’s Tommy, than The Bee Gee’s SPLHCB.  I cannot wait to see it.

For those of you who missed the trailer, check it out here.

Here’s what we’ve read.

When I saw Hairspray last month, I was treated to the trailer for Across the Universe, Julie Taymor’s new project. Taymor is best known for the Broadway smash The Lion King and for the movies Frida and Titus.

The press release describes Across the Universe as a “stunning love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock ‘n’ roll.” It stars Evan Rachel Wood and Jim Sturgess as star-crossed lovers Lucy and Jude. And Wood looks much more like herself in this one (not that she could look less like herself than she did in that Marilyn Manson video).

The film flies from Liverpool to Greenwich Village to Detroit to Vietnam, following Lucy and Jude as they explore all the nooks and crannies of the counterculture. Their guides along the way are played by Bono and Eddie Izzard. (Sounds like a surefire way to get lost.) Throw in a soundtrack composed entirely of Beatles songs, plus Taymor’s trademark flights of fancy – manifested in “a combination of live action and painted and three-dimensional animation” – and it promises to be trippy indeed.

Source: After Ellen


One Response

  1. I’ve seen film clips of the movie “Across The Universe”,and I think it’s done tastefully,and seems to blend a unique mix of artistic mediums to make a fascinating movie. I can’t wait to see it!!

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