Friday, October 22, 2010
The Beginnings of a Legend
Today's movie is another of my unknown films, unless you are a huge fan of John Lennon. Today I will be reviewing a movie called Nowhere Boy, a biographical film about the legend himself, John Lennon. To be honest I never even heard about this movie until today when I just decided to watch a movie. The 1st thing that caught my attention was the fact that it was about John Lennon. It's an interesting film and if you're a Lennon fan you will really enjoy watching it.
The main story isn't about the how The Beatle's formed, instead it is a dramatic story about John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) and his "two mothers," his aunt Mimi ( Kristin Scott Thomas) and his mother, Julia Lennon (Anne-Marie Duff). Yes he meets Paul (Thomas Brodie Sangster) and Geroge (Sam Bell) but they are more just supporting characters. The story is all about John and his teenage years and his journey to the legend, showing the creation of his first band, The Quarrymen. It's a nice story, but it's not a very happy one. It's a struggle about John and his confusion of why he wasn't brought up by his mother, but by his aunt. Now if you know the death of Julia Lennon then you know that this does not end well for John. And although it leaves off on somewhat of a happy note, it is not truly a happy ending for a movie, but you must remember that Lennon goes off to become a legendary musician who also played with one of the greatest bands of all time, which can bring some happiness to mind.
The soundtrack is great for oldies lovers like myself. It's filled with old songs, but don't expect any from the Beatles, since they have not yet formed in the movie. But do expect some from the Quarrymen, the song "Mother" written by Lennon, and a few other oldies like "I Put a Spell on You" and "Shake Rattle & Roll" By Elvis Presley, since Elvis was one of Lennon's inspirations. Although there aren't any Beatles music it is still a fun soundtrack, but I may think that just cause I love oldies, but everyone can enjoy the soundtrack I think.
There are a lot of bright colors in the film. It's very bright, even the dark scenes are somewhat bright, for what they can be. It's really a delight to watch, it's very easy on the eyes, almost a treat for the eyes. It's also very interesting how the two most dominant women in Lennon's life are showed very differently. His aunt, Mimi, who loved him very much but was much stricter and more formal was always in dark, dull colors, while his mother, a somewhat immature woman but very outgoing and fun was always shown in bright colors. There were some scenes that didn't need to be in, like a sex scene that pretty much just came out of nowhere, or a scene where Lennon is playing his harmonica, but never plays it ever again throughout the film. Just scenes like those were not needed very much.
The acting seemed somewhat stiff. It wasn't the greatest acting, but it was far from the worse. I think Thomas, who played Aunt Mimi, was one of the better actors. But overall they were decent. It was good enough to keep you engaged with the story and connect to the characters. Like I said, it was far from the worse.
Over all, it was a good movie. Very enjoyable, it even had it's humor along with it's drama. If you're a Lennon fan then I highly recommend this movie. It was very interesting to see the beginnings of a legend and how confused and angry he was. I recommened this mostly to Lennon fans, you can watch it even if you're not a fan, because as I said beofore, the scenes are nice to look at. Check it out one day if you want, and see how John Lennon was before he was a legend.