I watched this film on the VCD, I was skeptical about it because, c'mon: a musical based on songs by the Beatles, the protests against the Vietnam War, young love...I had doubts to whether I'd enjoy the film or snore before it was over. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was better that I expected so here goes...
Set in the 1960s, we are introduced to young Jude from Liverpool who goes to America to find his father. He then meets Max, a rebellious young man from a privileged family. They become great friends & move to New York to savor the fun there. Lucy is Max's sweet & innocent sister whose boyfriend was killed when he was in the military. She is then drawn to the anti-war movement, especially when her brother was called to serve the country. Lucy & Max falls in love & their relationship is battered with Lucy's obsession to protest against the war & Max's jealousy that she spends more time with the protests than with him. Other characters include Sadie, a sexy singer; Prudence, a flighty lesbian; & Jojo, a talented guitarist & Sadie's lover.
Newcomers are the order of the day. Evan Rachel Woods is sweet & beautiful as Lucy, Jim Sturgess plays the dreamy artist Jude very well, Joe Anderson is lovable as Max, Dana Fuchs is gorgeous & tough as Sadie, Martin Luther McCoy not only plays affable Jojo but he plays the guitar REALLY well. The cast did their job really well, they played the different & contrasting personalities of the characters with perfection, they all can sing too & their voices are a perfect blend.
Well I'm a fan of music by the Beatles so no complaints there! Old favorites like "All You Need Is Love", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Hey Jude" & "Something" fit seamlessly into the film, albeit in a different version that's refreshing & wonderful to listen to. The movie also featured songs I've not heard before, neither does Dad know them, so it was a wonderful trip to enjoy music by the Beatles again.
A lovely musical, it had the right dose of emotion, nonchalance, humor, wit, music; the story is simple but depicted with a lot of color & of course, awesome tunes. The dance routines are wonderful & you can feel the flow from the screen. If you're not a fan of the Beatles, you'll probably like this film too because it plays the music in a new light & you won't even know it unless you're familiar with the lyrics. Thumbs up!
2 weeks ago