Have you been across the universe yet?
Have you been to see Julie Taymor's stunning and incredible film 'Across The Universe'?
(imdb) An original musical film, Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool. A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by The Beatles that defined the time.
Stocked full of gifted young actors and singers, this film was an absolute delight. I missed Beatlemania by a couple of years, but was still able to sing along with most of the songs.
The film starts with the same song being sung between an American high school prom and the Cavern in Liverpool, instantly showing us the background of the two main players. This beginning made us sit up and take notice, and we didn't take out eyes off the screen for the next two hours.
I came out of ATU desperately wanting a cigarette! - that film was better than sex! It was an assault on the senses, a visual and aural onslaught that left one breathless and begging for more. About half way through I whispered to cyberkitten that I was exhausted....!
If I come out of a film wanting to go back and watch it all over again, then it has to be 10/10.
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