Sunday, January 6, 2008

Review: Across the Universe

Across the Universe
2007, US, 131 mins, Director: Julie Taymor
Starring: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess
Putting together 37 Beatles tracks to fit into a movie is a tall order, but not for Lion King/Titus director Julie Taymor. Her movies have always been filled with cinematic artifice and overpowering stage direction. Across the Universe is her latest offering, and though the film takes some getting used to and some of the Beatles Songs are imperfect fits, she manages to capture the shift from the Fab Four's early days full of innocence to darker, more sombre pieces, and ties it together with the good-looking cast's own journey through the 60s and 70s. Some of the covers are rather jarring, though always interesting. Nonetheless, though some early moments are clumsy and the movie just has too many characters milling about, the film is an ode to love and the Beatles, and it's all you really need. Rating: B+

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