Saturday, January 9, 2010
Across the Universe
The story, inspired by the music of the greatest rock band to roll across the earth, The Beatles, Across the Universe tells the tale of a struggling Britain played by Jim Sturgess, named Jude of course, who finds himself young, in love and in America. The cast consists mainly of unknowns with the occasional cameo, including Bono (I Am the Walrus). The film displays superb talent and, for a musical, does the Beatles justice. Particularly well rendered editions include All My Loving, Let it Be, Come Together, Because, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Blackbird, Hey Jude (because of an original drum sequence) and All You Need Is Love. I give the film four and a half stars for its musical value and acting excellence.