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Across the Universe
- Evan Rachel Wood

Overview - The Beatles' songs may have provided the soundtrack for the lives of those coming of age in the 1960s, but their extensive catalogue acts as the literal soundtrack in this romantic musical from visionary director Julie Taymor. Newcomer Jim Sturgess stars as Jude, a young man working on the docks in Liverpool.  Read more...

 
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Overview

The Beatles' songs may have provided the soundtrack for the lives of those coming of age in the 1960s, but their extensive catalogue acts as the literal soundtrack in this romantic musical from visionary director Julie Taymor. Newcomer Jim Sturgess stars as Jude, a young man working on the docks in Liverpool. Eager to escape, he travels to Princeton where he meets Max (Joe Anderson). But it's his meeting with Max's younger sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) that changes him. They quickly fall in love, but their relationship is tested by the chaos of the late 1960s and Max's unwilling tour in Vietnam. Throughout the film, characters burst into classics from the Beatles: frat boys sing "With a Little Help from My Friends," while Uncle Sam bursts from a recruitment poster with strains of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." U2's Bono makes a cameo as a counterculture leader and croons "I Am the Walrus," and actor-comedian Eddie Izzard provides a trippy rendition of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite." Sturgess has the voice, charm, and good looks to fill Shea Stadium with hordes of screaming young women. As Jude, he's earnest and certainly capable of carrying the film. Wood capably balances Lucy's naiveté and knowledge, easily moving between her love for Jude and her passion for her cause. Though the performances are strong, it's Taymor's gifted direction that makes ACROSS THE UNIVERSE so fascinating to watch. As in FRIDA and Broadway's THE LION KING, she proves herself an artist with creativity few can match. Director of photography Bruno Delbonnel also deserves praise for his contribution to the striking visuals. He has worked with Jean-Pierre Jeunet on AMELIE and A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, and he brings the same sense of romance and whimsy to this unique musical.

Cast List

Bruno Delbonnel - Director of Photography, AMELIE (2001)
Elliot Goldenthal
Dana Fuchs - Actress, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Eddie Izzard - British comic
Julie Taymor - Director, FRIDA
Martin Luther McCoy - Actor, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Dick Clement - British Screenwriter/Director
Richard Clement - British Screenwriter/Director
Salma Hayek - Actress, FRIDA
Matthew Gross - Producer, JOE SOMEBODY (2001)
Suzanne Todd - TV/Film Producer
Ian La Frenais
Jim Sturgess - Actor, 21 (2008)
Bono - Lead singer, songwriter for U2
Bono Vox - Lead singer, songwriter for U2
Paul Hewson - Lead singer, songwriter for U2
Joe Anderson - Actor, COPYING BEETHOVEN, (2006)
Jennifer Todd - Producer
Evan Rachel Wood - Actress, LITTLE SECRETS (2001)

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 133
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396194663
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence, and language)
  • Release Date: October 2011

Related Categories:
Movies > Musical & Performing Arts
Movies > Musicals

Related Keywords:
Animation
Coming Of Age
Romance
Theatrical Release
Vietnam War
Romances
1960s

 
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Theatrical Release: September 14, 2007

Reviews:
"ACROSS THE UNIVERSE feels emotionally true both to the Beatles...and to the decade it remembers..." - 09/14/2007 New York Times, p.E12


4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's wonderful. A testament to both the enduring emotional power of the Fab Four's music...and Taymor's unbridled artistic brio..." - 10/01/2007 Empire, p.56


"There are some neat hallucinogenic effects here....The infectious energy of the music lends the film a gleeful dynamism..." - 11/01/2007 Sight and Sound, p.48


"[A] vivid, vivacious film....Music -- the Beatles' music -- lies at the heart of this film; the iconic songs, sung by the film's energetic, talented cast, propel the characters through the upheavals of the U.S. in the late 1960s." - 09/14/2007 Los Angeles Times


"The starry-eyed youths that inhabit her film -- and boldly offer fresh interpretations of songs that remain sacred to millions -- carry just the right balance of whimsy and respect..." - 01/01/2008 Film Comment, p.76


"As a delivery system for injecting a new generation with Beatles music, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE is efficient as well as playful and ferocious." -- Grade: B - 02/01/2008 Entertainment Weekly, p.59


"[W]hat unfolds as the movie blossoms, then darkens and finally finds peace and love, is a stylised musical drama set in and about a conflated American High '60s..." - 04/01/2008 Mojo, 131


3 stars out of 5 -- "Sturgess is an impressive new talent, and his raw vocals resemble a young John Lennon....This is an interesting visual and aural experience..." - 05/01/2008 Ultimate DVD, p.80

 
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