It’s a beautifully artistic and highly conceptual film (well, it is Taymor!) which is perhaps best known for using 32 songs from the Beatles‘ back-catalogue as it’s foundations.
Occasionally, due to the visual feast on offer, it can become a little to easy to lose the plot of this story and to gain the full meaning that Taymor was trying to get you to take from it, however by-and-by the plot was coherent, didn’t stagnate and molded itself well around the Beatles’ songs.
If you think of Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge and then think a little more gritty and, at times, hard-hitting, then you may start to get an idea of the flavour of this movie. You could pretty much get away with calling it a musical in my opinion… who knows, maybe it will become on one day!
I think that this could very well be a contender for entry into my Top 10 favourite movies of all time!
Greg very kindly purchased the 2 Disc Special Edition DVD for me which also has some exquisite extras on it too! I also have the deluxe version of the soundtrack which includes all 32 tracks, as opposed to the standard soundtrack which contains 16 tracks.
I was also rather taken by the gorgeous and huge piece artwork (below) that was put up over the Odeon cinema whilst this was playing in Leicester Square which differs from the official poster for the movie.
I really would recommend this film to anybody. I wasn’t a huge fan of the music of the Beatles though having watched the film I must confess to having a deeper liking of them. The Wikipedia page for the film goes into explaining all of the references to the Beatles littered throughout the film should that kind of thing also be of interest to you.
I shall end my brief review of Across The Universe with a clip of my favourite song from the movie – Let It Be – which now has me in tears every time I watch/hear it.