Saturday, March 6, 2010

Across the Universe (2007)

Across the Universe (2007)
Stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. Carpio, etc.

The trailer:



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...

1 comment:

  1. I'm not a big fan of musicals, but this sounds worth checking out.

    We posted about your review here on War Through the Generations.

    --Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

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