Sunday, October 14, 2007

It's been awhile since I have seen a really good film but today the drought was broken when I went on a hunch to see a film called Across the Universe. The movie didn't get an overwhelming endorsement from the critics over at Rottentomatoes but I really did find Roger Ebert's review intriguing, so I went on his recommendation...There is just so much to like about this film. It's interesting, very well done, emotionally gratifying but most of all, it's unique. The visuals, particularly in the second half of the film are stunning and the performances all the way around are very good. The movie is set in the nineteen sixties and everything is covered from the Detroit race riots, to the Vietnam War and the assassination of Martin Luther King. I really don't know how to describe the film because it is so unique and there is nothing I have seen to compare it to, really... It's a love story, musical, and backdoor social commentary all wrapped up into one. All the music is the Beatles but everyone but none of the songs is performed by the Beatles. There are cameo performances by Bono, Joe Cocker, and Izzy Izzard. I found the film very gratifying but I like eccentric artistic endeavors and this film has it in spades. If you open to musicals this is the best one I have seen and consider it better than Almost Famous which is another sixties movie I really enjoyed...and...if you have a soft spot for the Sixties or Beatles music this film is a must see...

4 comments:

Dave said...

Thanks for the review, Bilbo. This film is definitely on my must see list and I intend to get to it this weekend... If you like Julie Taymor's visual style, you should check out "Titus," her adaptation of an early Shakespeare play. She also made a movie called "Frida" that I haven't seen yet but am interested in checking out soon.

Bilbo said...

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the tip. I saw Frida, and liked it very much but have not seen Titus. That is the one with Anthony Hopkins, I believe?...

Dave said...

Right, Titus is the one with Hopkins' face on the cover, smeared over with blue mud or paint or something like that. Probably the weirdest Shakespeare movie ever made, even moreso than Baz Luhrman's take on "Romeo and Juliet" which was more gimmicky than weird imo - and I mean weird in a good way!

julieunplugged said...

Loved it too! Thought about you and Dave when I saw it and it makes me happy to read your reviews. Didn't you love the use of Strawberry Fields forever?