“Across The Universe” Went Nowhere, Man

Genres: Musical/Performing Arts and Romance
Running Time: 2 hrs. 13 min.
Release Date:
September 14th, 2007 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence and language.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

Directed by: Julie Taymor

JJ Rating: C+

British boy falls in love with an American girl all the while everyone, including them, sings Beatles’ songs. Across the Universe.

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie since I saw the trailer the very first time. I love the idea of using band music in movies to create modern like musicals. I do. I just think that Across the Universe took a five minute concept and stretched it beyond necessary to 2+ hours. The story could not hold the immense creativity that was thrust upon it. It’s like having a bunch of awesome paint for a fantastic scene but a very small canvas to express it on. The excess paint falls off the canvas leaving a boring peace of work that could not hold the awesome amount of paint that was for it. It was visually stunning, most defiantly, but also mentally yawning. I believe people will be fooled by the artistic wonder Across the Universe gifts and miss the horrible story it’s trying to enhance. Which is why I chose that picture to represent the movie...I feel just like Jude (Jim Sturgress) looks in that picture while I watched this movie. I felt as if there should have been more than what I was feeling. The screen was giving so much but the feeling was not there.

The acting was alright. There was a bit with Bono in it and it was one of my favorite parts. It was a visual splendor and he sang I am a Walrus. It was cool. The use of music in the movie was great but it made the entire movie feel like it was one music video after another because of the lack of story that was trying to hold it together.

Across the Universe also felt like a propaganda movie that is against war. I don’t need a movie that force feeds me how horrible war is in a very poorly done fashion. At least, if they are going to bother, do it in a better manner than this hack job.

I liked nine of the songs in the movie. That sounds like a lot but that’s really a fraction of what was presented. I liked: Hey Jude, Strawberry Fields, I am the Walrus, Let it Be, Come Together, Revolution, All You Need is Love and With a Little Help from My Friends. Those were the best songs and had the best visuals in the entire movie. They were spaced out enough that it allowed me to enjoy the movie for the most part, though I was dreading it during the space between for it dragged on and on. When the song Strawberry Fields is playing it is an awesome shot because of the use of strawberries. According to the very interesting trivia the songs were done live and not dubbed. Shocked? Well 90% of it was done live. More interesting trivia found here.

They forgot very good songs that could have been used in the movie such as Help! and Nowhere Man. I’m sure others can pick out better songs than what they presented. There is also the problem with the character who was a singer. When she sang her songs the movie would stop. I do not like when in musical the story stops. It has to continue to progress during the singing of the song. For if the story stops it makes the movie drag and Across the Universe had a horrible issue with dragging, as I’ve already stated.

I’m at a tough impasse. I really think Across the Universe dropped the ball on what it promised to deliver. However, it did offer what it promised in the mere nine songs I liked. It did so much so that I am thinking of buying it just for those songs. I feel twisted and weird for saying that but unless you’ve seen the movie I don’t think you can totally understand. If only I could purchase the parts of the movie I liked instead of the whole thing. Across the Universe needed help for it was going nowhere, man. CHEESE!

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