Across The Universe
We went to see Across the Universe last night. For those who don’t know, it’s a movie about the 60s using the Beatles’ music as the soundtrack/backdrop.
I liked it but didn’t love it. There were many in the theater who did love it. We couldn’t leave until all the credits had rolled because our entire row was sitting mesmerized as Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds played to a psychedelic background. Most of the audience was 10-15 years older than me. And it seemed that everyone of that generation absolutely loved it from the chatter in the theater on the way out.
There were some great cameos, the best of which was Bono as Dr. Robert singing I Am The Walrus.
My favorite scene/song was Happiness Is A Warm Gun. But it’s always been the "john songs" that got my juices flowing.
Thanks for the quick take on this movie. I’ve debated about seeing it. I’m a huge Beatles fan, especially John (http://greenskeptic.blogspo…, and my first thought was that this would be one of those sappy, bathetic takes on what a wonderful world it was back when. But you’ve encouraged me to have an open mind and that it might be just a good forum to hear some great music.
It’ll be interesting to see if you like it any better in 15 to 20 years. Almost every piece of art changes as we age.
At any point in the movie do we find out what “Jai guru deva om” means?
It means “All glory to the divine teacher…” It’s actually a pretty nice mantra to chant when you are meditating…although a bit hard to get the rest of the song out of yer head once it starts. 😉
I agree, it was good but not great. I do love the Beatles and have tremendous respect for their music, but unlike The Who, The Doors or Floyd, I just don’t think their music translates well to a modern psychedelic movie.My expectations were somewhat muted – I went to hear good music with some cool imagery attached – and the movie succeeded in doing a good (not great) job at providing both.
I am 31 years old, saw the movie in Hollywood, and was surprised to see lots of folks my age and younger who watched, and cheered for the movie. It just shows you how timeless and incredible the songs were. Can we really picture watching a film 40 years from now based on the music of The Killers or The Strokes? I also wanted to mention something not said in the posts or other comments – the great performances/vocals/production of the songs. T Bone Burnett produced the songs wonderfully, and the singing was awesome, especially by Evan Rachel Wood, who played Lucy.
My big fear is that it would be another Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
I’m young, so I wasn’t around in the 60’s, but I’m a big Beatles fan and was really excited about this movie. I went to see it with a few friends and, at several points during the movie, I couldn’t help singing along, but this movie was way too long. It just seemed to drag at points. I did really love Eddie Izzard as Mr. Kite though.
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did anyone count the parodys in the movie? for example prudence came in thru the bathroom window and i can’t remember which old guy said it but they said “when i 64” I didn’t catch these until prudence came in thru the bathroom window now i’m wondering how many more there were that i didn’t catch. thanks 🙂