Thursday, November 01, 2007

Across the Universe: Certainly had my Beatle Boots tapping

Across the Universe is a musical set to Beatles music which follows a very simple love story amusingly written by screenwriters, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais (Porridge, Likely Lads and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet). The movie is directed by Julie Taymor (“Titus” and “Frida”,) and tells the story of Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), who lives with her family in the respectable suburbs of New York. After Lucy’s childhood sweetheart is killed in Vietnam she joins her older, drop out, brother Max (Joe Anderson) in Greenwich Village, New York. There they meet Jude (Jim Sturgess), an English seaman who is looking for his long lost American father. Max and Jude become good friends and share an apartment with Sadie’s (Dana Fuchs) who is an up and coming singer in the style of Janis Joplin. Then Max is drafted to Vietnam. As the plot thickens the characters interact and relationships develop the narrative coasts comfortably through the history of the mid sixties and captures a time of war, free love and psychedelic exploration accompanied by Beatles music. There are thirty three (33) Beatles songs featured and Beatleologists will be fascinated at the way the story involves many of the characters which feature in Beatle songs. Look out for great cameos from Bono as Dr Robert, the hippy guru from California; the brilliant Joe Cocker who sings an excellent version of “Come Together”; and Eddie Izzard as Mr Kite. The film score is tremendous with some excellent covers but be warned it is a long film (133 minutes).

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