Across the Universe (2007)
Stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. Carpio, etc.
Will this one be for everyone? Probably not. It's an odd cross between Hair, Mamma Mia, and Moulin Rouge. It's a wonderfully strange, very unique, emotional, atmospheric mood piece of a film. Like Hair, it's set in the 1960s. It is about the Vietnam War. Like Mamma Mia, it creates one story from many, many songs. Beatles songs. It cohesively tells a story. The songs only gain in meaning from this new context. Yet, they don't lose anything from it. The songs stay true to their original meaning. And yet, there is now a story, a collective story where there wasn't any before. And like Moulin Rouge, it's a musical that is very stylistically filmed. A movie that you either love or hate.
Here's the opening scene:
I can't promise that you'll love everything about this one. But Jude and Lucy's story worked for me.
To give you an idea of what it has to offer: Max reporting after he's been drafted...
and here's one of the lighter songs
And here's the oh-so-magical ending...