Across the Universe movie review
Starring: Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood
"Across the Universe" is a movie musical based on the music of the Beetles.
I really wanted to see "Across the Universe" when it came out in theaters. I am really glad I waited. While I love the music of the Beetles, "Across the Universe" was a little bit on the weird side. I'm not sure if they reinterpred the Beetles, or if this is really how the Beetles themselves would put images to their music. (Ahhh the days before MTV.)
Anyway, there are some really strange scenes in "Across the Universe". And while the movie finally makes sense in the end, there really is only one word to describe it: weird.
There is some very interesting cinematography / animation, but it's a little too trippy for my taste.
Across the Universe, from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad. When young dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad. With a cameo by Bono, Across the Universe is "the kind of movie you watch again, like listening to a favorite album." (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times)