I’ve noticed that Evan has commented on this movie, but as I just saw it in the theater yesterday and I like it so much I thought I’d write a little review on it:
Fricken’ awesome. I’ve already done my Christmas shopping, but I’m going to go buy a copy for my family.
I should preface with the facts that I love both the Beatles and musicals. So, I’ll try to begin as unbiased as possible.
The visuals were stunning, as was the choreography. Some of films first numbers were breathtaking like Prudence’s “I want to hold your hand” walking across the football field (Oh my!); The young boy’s “Let it be” beside a hallowed out car amongst Detroit rioting (Good golly!); and Max’s “With a little help from my friends” at Princeton (Atta boy!). All of these performances made me want to give ‘existence’ a high-five for letting me hang out.
Ok, plus, flat-out, fact not fiction, Beatles songs rock really hard.
Speaking more as a Beatles fan, the entire film was totally tubular. Everyone knows how legendary the Beatles are, but they don’t get enough appreciation for what they’ve done for modern western culture. Whether the Beatles impacted or described us (or both), I don’t know. I will say though that the ‘Average Joe’ has got more Beatles in him than the bill of rights, the ten commandments, or the twelve step program; even if he doesn’t know it.
Well, now that I may have offended politicos, religos, and booze-Os, I’ll get to my point. Across the Universe tells the truest tale there is. Yeah, it’s the oldest story in the book, boy leaves home; makes friend; falls in love with girl; has falling out with girl; has epiphany; gets girl back. It’s predictable because it’s a gosh-darn heart-warming classic of a tale. With a Beatles soundtrack, Across the Universe has the ability to resonate with anyone.