Across the Universe - Directed by Julie Taymor, Across the Universe is a classic "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl" story--all presented as a musical containing 33 class Beatles songs. I'm not usually drawn to musicals, but the familiar and catchy Beatles tunes quickly got my attention. From there, the ensemble cast of young actors/singers (including Evan Rachel Wood from King of California) brought something genuine and earnest to the often psychedelic storyline that knitted together lyrics from Dear Prudence to Why don't we do it in the road.
Sprinkled unexpectedly throughout the film were interesting cameos from U2's Bono, Salma Hayek, and others. Production values seemed quite good, giving the impression that all the craftspeople took this project seriously. Across the Universe is an inventive, creative, "out there," experimental film that combines a feeling of nostalgia with a strong modern flavor and vibe. Definitely worth seeing.
|Across the Universe |
(Two-Disc Special Edition)