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I don't buy many movie DVDs but this is one I had to have to watch over and over. This is one of my favourite movies of all time.
Ooof. I hate how much I enjoyed this. It's basically Moulin Rouge, with a bit of Forest Gump, some Terry Gilliam, and Pee Wee's Playhouse all blendered in with a 1/2 tab of acid. So much of it is AWFUL. But some of it was surprisingly great. And I'm such a sucker for earnest, emotional singing.
Plays more like a series of short music videos than an actual movie.
Music generally very good ( under direction of T Bone Burnett), lots
of visually interesting effects and choreography. Plot and characters
a muddled choppy mess especially in the second half as it veers
about awkwardly to set up the next musical number.
I'm a huge musical fan from way back Oliver Twist, West Side Story, Grease I and 2, as well as The Muppet Movie. Saw Rock of Ages with Tom Cruise and I figured Across the Universe is the English version of it and yes it was. Good cultural piece; It did not knock my booties off, tried too hard to make the songs fit into the plot making it drag. Didn't finish it and if I don't get back to it so be it.
I guess the point is to sell some Beatles music to young people. The storyline is not much, the acting is lame, and the tie-in to the music is tenuous at best. Didn't hate it, but can't think of anything nice to say.
What starts out looking like an amateur high school operetta gradually builds into an unexpectedly mature piece of cinema with strong performances throughout and a soundtrack that makes clever use of all those classic Beatles songs. The musical numbers may not always work but when they do they are bang on thanks in large part to some dazzling visuals and Taymor’s overall sense of artistic restraint. No, there are no amazing plot twists and you can guess how it will all end within the first 15 minutes but it’s the journey itself that is so appealing. For those who would accuse this film of being shallow and dull, may I remind you of that other musical based on the Beatles’ music, 1978’s vomit-inducing “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” featuring the Bee Gees. ‘Nuff said.
I LOVED this film and I'm of an age where that makes perfect sense, but my 21 year old daughter loved it too and has watched it over and over. AND my 10 yr. old daughter loves it just as much! This film is for those of us who love music.
Julie Taymor:I love you! This is such an enjoyable tribute to the creativity of the Beatles with great cinematography and casting.
This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.
Possibly the only movie I have watched 3 times. Fantastic! Of course, I'm of an age where the music, the events, the locations all resonate.
I wasn't too sure what to expect when I read the blurb on the case, but took it anyway. I was pleasantly surprised, this was a very well done movie, and the actors did great jobs portraying teens in the turbulent '60s.
If you want The Beatles without The Beatles, you got that here. Ditto for actors in their twenties pretending to be teenagers, and a lot of slow-motion kissing and hair-tossing. Every bit as good as the Bee Gee's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band.
2nd x, I gave it a 0 the 1st time, perhaps didn't appreciate it enough for it's true value. Although it is (still) a musical (as stated in the previous review), it Features Joe Cocker and Bono, and for that it gets a full point right off the bat at the time of this veiwing. The main musical theme is The Beatles. The Beatles aren't exactly my cuppa, but the producers/ writers DO incorporate (in my opinion) some of the absolute BEST of The Beatles songs. The story apparently takes place during the Viet Nam war era, edgeing around the time of the M.L.K. murder. The same issues and types of issues shown in the movie are still with society today, and uses the music of The Beatles effectively toward the theme, script and general storyline. I dearly appreciate the film touching on some of the ideals of the anti-war era. ( I never liked water-beds, but the one they show is awesome) Cinematography and animation was Very very good including enormous amounts of psychedelic moments which shouldn't be repulsive or offensive considering the era.
Julie Taymor has envisioned the sixites in a way that is a delight to experience. The Beatles soundtrack sure sounds nice.
Very fun movie, 2nd disk has lots of extra features. Only complaint is the movie should be shortened by about 15 mins.
This film is extraordinary. It is extremely artistic, thought provoking, and has tons of substance. I would highly recommend this movie, especially to fans of the Beatles. This is a must see film for any lover of good music, and great acting.
As a huge Beatles fan i was expecting to throw things at the TV due to the possibility of these actors ruining their songs. Well, my TV is still intact. I was delightfully surprised at how the songs were performed and interwoven into the story. They performed songs from pretty much every Beatles era. There are also a lot of easter eggs for Beatles fans. Like every character is named after a song. Overall, I think the story may seem a bit cliche, but the performances really shine through and make the movie memorable.
This movie was not that great. It's basically a group of young adults getting high and singing Beatles songs.