ACROSS THE UNIVERSE movie review

At a time when true creativity is not much there, Julie Taymor comes out with a movie such as this. It’s a musical, but not a traditional film musical. Your traditional film musical is based on a Broadway musical but this is the only musical I’ve seen that was meant for film.

It’s a film inspired and influenced by the universe of the Beatles with songs, references, and character names. You have characters such as Jude, Sadie, JoJo, Lucy, Prudence, and Maxwell. Jude comes from Liverpool, England, and there is a scene of a band playing in the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where Jude is dancing with his than girlfriend. There is also a scene where a band plays on the rooftop of a building in New York City. Another reference is the number 9 on an address for a building towards the end. Also note, the line “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window” is also used. I really suggest you know the Beatles music and their history or at least do your homework before watching this film because that would make the film even more interesting and entertaining.

Two of the world’s greatest rock stars also make a cameo appearance in the film. Bono from U2, and Joe Cocker. Bono I thought covered “I Am The Walrus” really well, and that is probably my most favorite sequence and performance throughout the whole film. And I thought Joe Cocker covered “Come Together” quite nicely.

The Beatles are the greatest band to come out of the 1960s, and interestingly enough, the film takes place in the 1960s. There’s references to the Vietnam War, riots of Detroit, and also a reference to the Columbia University strike and Martin Luther King’s assassination. There is also references to the era’s high drug use.

You have to have an appreciation for film, art and music to really enjoy this film. After all, it is a musical. It’s also a very psychedelic film with some references to drug use. If you have a true appreciation for music, art and film I recommend it. I recommend it to everybody, but if you don’t have a true appreciation for these 3 things you’re not going to get into it much. After watching this film I thought to myself, “Man, now they need to do one with the Eagles universe in mind.” I give it 5 fingers out of 5 fingers.

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