By Bubba Craner | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
Across the Universe
This one is going to be quick and simple, for I fear I can too easily get derailed and venture Across The Universe.
Bubba Reviews Across the Universe
Reviews abound about the new Beatles musical, Across the Universe. Some are singing praises that parallel the second coming while others are choking in unimaginative, self-absorbed direction--but at least people are talking about it, right?
I am not here to critique this movie to death, rather I am offering up a friendly challenge to everyone who reads this to go out and see this movie. This movie is not perfect and at times takes the easy road and employs clichés and stereotypical plot techniques, however the times in which it is set were neither perfect nor nice. The flaws of the movie exist because of the flaws in the culture of the 1960s.
Every bad review I read seems to be suggesting that this movie fails ultimately because it is not providing a satisfying escape--like a 'normal' movie is suppose to. One particular review I read suggested that all of the nostalgia and fun that this movies strives for can be achieved by pulling out all your old Beatles records and listening to them again.
I fear that people will actually believe this crap.
This, like any other piece of art, is the artists interpretation of something, and in this case it is the directors interpretation of a number of Beatles songs and how they connect to the time in which they were written, either by inspiration or perception.
Some interpretations are commonplace and thus border being unimaginative, however some are wonderfully offbeat and bring to even the seasoned listener a fresh approach--I want to hold your hand.
The concept of setting song interpretations to a visual medium might not be a new and novel idea, but that doesn't mean that it can't be exiting. Certain scenes/song interpretations are grandeur than others, "For The Benefit of Mr. Kite" was done marvelously, as well as "I want you." While the former was a fantastic break-down of a song and its possible meaning, the latter twists the words of the song to fit with the developing plot--quite fun, and one can definitely see the director loving every minute of this process.
At the core this is a love story, but the general audience needs that, they need something to hold on to. The general audience has forgotten that movies can be art and thus challenging and provocative. So there is a love story at the nucleus and it is set in an all too familiar tumultuous 1960's, but do forgive the generic sub plot and common place 1960s clichés and accept this movie for what it really is: Interpretations of some of the best songs by one of the best song writing groups of our time. This movie traces the songs and lives of the Beatles and opens the doors or perception of the idea that a life philosophy can lie in the heart of Rock N Roll.