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17 September 2007 @ 09:26 am
Across the Universe (not too spoilery)  
So, Across the Universe was pretty interesting. As one would expect with Taymor, it was visually spectacular. A superb-looking two hour music video. Plotwise, not so much. I really don't know that I would recommend it to somebody who isn't already attached to the music of the Beatles, because the storytelling technique really depended on the audience coming into the film with at least some emotional attachment to the songs. It worked on me well enough, but it still rubs me the wrong way when a film (even a musical) depends too much on their soundtrack to convey their characters' emotional states. For example, I saw no clues that two of the characters were falling in love until one of them suddenly started singing a love song.

The acting and singing of the two males leads, Jim Sturgess and Joe Anderson, were first rate (especially considering that I hadn't heard of either of them before). Unfortunately, they were so good, that Evan Rachel Wood came off as fairly dull in comparison. Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther McCoy did quite well in their support roles as struggling musicians (superficially modeled after Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix), but they were practically in their own movie. Bono was surprisingly fun as a Ken Kesey type named Doctor Roberts, but I was disappointed that they didn't really do a rendition of the song he was named for.

Current Mood: 242
Listening to: Lincoln - "Basketball"
The Mud Puppy: Edge of the Universemudpuppy83 on September 17th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
It's still better than Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, right?

Of course, that wouldn't be very hard.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: leopard skinassmonkeydiary on September 17th, 2007 03:53 pm (UTC)
Heh... I might have to Netflix that one just to be sure, but my inclination is to say yes.
The Mud Puppymudpuppy83 on September 17th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Well, for one thing it doesn't have Peter Frampton and The BeeGees in it. That's gotta count for something.
misterhumbug on September 18th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC)
If you want a movie with a great soundtrack, then check out 3:10 to Yuma. The music really captured the Ennio Morricone-esque Western feel, but threw in some almost native/tribal percussion and some excellent orchestration.

Plus, the movie itself was really good, too.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: red cameraassmonkeydiary on September 18th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
Cool, I'll check it out.