Across The universe

  “Words areflowing out like endless rains into a paper cup”, aptly describes thissurreal kaleidoscope of a film. Directed by Julie Taymor,this musical film invites you to get lost and free in the 70’s as you areserenaded by songs of the biggest band in history- The Beatles. The filmfollows a group of people that seemingly, “Come Together”starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson and T.V. Carpio.Also in this film are Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther McCoy. 

 

 “Isn’tanybody going to listen to my story, all about the girl who came to stay,”sings Jim Strugess. Jude (Jim Strugess) opens up the film on the cool briskovercast beach of Liverpool reminiscing of the days past, and the friends ofthe past. Waves on the beach crash and fall tumbling within them a collage ofevents from the past that is in a way overlapped over the crashing sea. Thefilm covers Jude’s initial plan to go to America to meet his dad and tosee the USA. His father works at Princeton and so Jude ultimately believes thathis father is a college professor. So Jude picks up his life, leaving hismother in Liverpool to meet his estranged father. 

On arrival he collideswith a student named Max (Joe Anderson) and he asks about his father theprofessor. He soon learns from Max that his father works in physical plant andis no professor at all. Upon meeting his father he learns that his father hasanother family in America and that he had no knowledge that his son-Jude,existed. Jude becomes a close comrade of Max and the two hit it off at once,leading into the awesomely performed song, “With a Little Help From MyFriends”. Latter on Max invites Jude to his house for thanksgiving and itis here that he gets to know Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). In the interim strife isengulfing Detroit with the race riots that took place during the 70’s. We arepulled in to the scene by a young boy who seeks shelter from the raucoussurrounding him as he sings, “Let it Be”. It is in all this sorrowthat we are introduced to JoJo (Martin Luther McCoy) who seems to be JimiHendrix. He leaves all of the sorrows of Detroit behind and embarks on his ownroad that leads him to New York. Back in Princeton, Max has an unpleasantaltercation with his father during thanksgiving that moves him to tell hisfather he plans on dropping out of college. He takes Jude and Lucy bowling, andspontaneously says that he and Jude should go to New York. So the two embark ontheir Journey to the Big Apple. Prudence (T.V Carpio) is another person thatout of dissatisfaction with her life and her long to, “Hold theHand”, of another girl leaves to see the eclectic Big Apple. Here allthese people convoluted and somehow end up in the same apt. buildingpresided upon by the landlord/singer, Sadie (Dana Fuchs). JoJo, Jude, Max andSadie hit it off at once and all of a sudden our, “Dear Prudence,”comes, or shall we say, “Came in Through the Bathroom Window”.

 

Back in Princeton Lucylearns that her boyfriend has been killed in the war and goes to New York forthe summer to divert her mind and be with her brother Max.It’s under this roofthat this thespian drama takes place, covering Max’s having to go to war andthe relationship that forms between Jude and Lucy. At the same time we haveanother relationship being fostered between JoJo and Sadie, this is observed byPrudence who has taken a liking for Sadie. 

 

I am the Walrus, isperformed with swagger that only the Irish rock star Bono can strut. We seethis take place at a psychedelic party in which Sadie is invited to, by aproducer that wants her to sing with his label. The thing that makes allof these performances memorable is that you can see that each performer isreally making the songs there own instead of trying to be Beatles coverperformances. Check out the vivacity and rawness that Max (JoeAnderson) brings to this film with songs such as “Happiness is aWarm Gun” in which we get a glimpse at the sumptuous nurse (SalmaHayek). If you’re gonna have a shot, as you’ll see, you will want her tobe your nurse.

     “ I Want You”, is one of the songsin this movie that is given some of the most opulent sets. The productionis very artistic in its interpretation of this song as meaning that UncleSam want’s Max to join the army. As Max enters the government building to bedrafted a poster of Uncle Sam literally comes to life in a digital way asif trying to grasp Max in its Joker like face paint.  For The Benefitof Mr. Kite, is a truly bountiful ballet of visual fun. We get to see the songhappen after the group of friends is dropped of in a field seemingly inthe middle of no where…only to find preparation being made for a grandproduction, “Second to none”.  

 

“When I get to thebottom…”

“The long and winding road,” that leadsus to the end of this beautiful “production second to none,” shouldbe watched no questions asked. On this movie you will see actors that seem toembody certain stars like Jude who in my opinion looks a little and sounds alittle like one of the Beatles, as well as JoJo, who really resembles the lateJimi Hendrix. But don’t look for comparisons between those figures and theactors in this movie; rather sit back and enjoy a movie that is truly a work ofart.  

  

5 thoughts on “Across The universe”

  1. Across the Universe made my number 1# spot on 2007’s best movies of the year… (The Kite Runner took a close second place, another great movie) ..ATU is such a unqiue visually stunning movie musical. I loved every minute of it.

    It’s for hardcore Beatles fans and for a new young generation who never heard of the beatles.

    The fact that the actors sang the songs themselves and redone the classic beatles hits, shows how amazing this movie is.

    I really admired how director Julie Taymor uses the music as dialog and each song moves the story along nicely. It’s more than just a flat musical movie.

    Great review :)

  2. Very happy you enjoyed my review. I am a big fan of The Beatles and this movie bares witness not only to originality but to the greatness of the greatest band of all time.

  3. Great review! I mean it’s a great movie, one of the best movies, about the absolute greatest band of all time. They have accomplished so much and this movies proves that. I am part of that young generation who thankfully had parents who loved and apprecaited The Beatles allowing me to in turn appreciate them as they should. This movie supports that.

  4. I finally saw The Kite Runners. Very gripping movie… For me it was the type of movie that you appreciate that you saw, but you don’t want to see it again because of all of the otracities that take place.

  5. I thoroughly enjoyed this review! You did a great job at describing this amazing movie.
    I’m a big fan of The Beatles and thought that the director did a really good job at portraying what the songs could have actually meant, such as Let It be and Dear Prudence. I also loved the twist on the song I Want You/She’s So Heavy, though I’m sure that The Beatles didn’t intend the song to be sung by Uncle Sam recruiting soldier when they wrote it, the words fit perfectly with the new idea.
    Another thing I loved about the movie is the naming of the characters: Hey JUDE, LUCY In The Sky With Diamonds, Dear PRUDENCE, Sexy SADIE and so on.
    I was captivated by the scene in which Hey Jude was sung. I thought the way that everyone seemed to be telling him to go back to Lucy was very creative.
    Aside from the music, I believe the story was a very good one. It was a plot where you didn’t get bored easily. The movie had some humorous elements to it as well. It was also very heart-wrenching, especially in the scene where Lucy is trapped in the phone booth during the riot and just after Lucy’s boyfriend dies.
    Excellent review again! Agree with it 100%!

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