Across The Universe
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  • I personally love The Beatles and basically all classic rock for that matter so that's one reason why I really enjoyed the film, but even if I wasn't a huge fan of classic rock I'd still appreciate the story behind the film and a lot of the scenes where the choreography is just great or the camera effects are simply brilliant
  • The Story - Like said above, Across The Universe bases its whole story off of a collection of songs done by The Beatles, a very interesting concept to me since The Beatles never really put out a concept record and since all of the songs are scattered across all different records
  • The scene where I Want You (She's So Heavy) plays in the background has the best choreography throughout the whole film and I really enjoyed, also the scenes with Being For The Benefit Of Mr
  • The second time around I noticed a lot, and I mean a lot, more things that I missed out during the first watch and it just made me appreciate the film a lot more
  • Also, if you enjoy musicals or can appreciate choreography then this is definitely a film you should look into


    • by Grimmy101
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      Overview - After watching Across The Universe two days in a row, I can say that it’s probably my favorite movie of all time. Across The Universe is a movie that basically connects the lives of different people into one story and it tells the story through the use of the songs of The Beatles. Even if you aren’t a Beatles fan I’m sure that most people could still appreciate the story behind the film, it has some truly moving scenes where the music only adds to the power and I personally really enjoy the general plot. So obviously if someone who doesn’t particularly like The Beatles would enjoy this film that only makes me think that a Beatles fan would absolutely love this film and appreciate how the writers were able to take a collection of Beatles songs and mold a story out of them. I personally love The Beatles and basically all classic rock for that matter so that’s one reason why I really enjoyed the film, but even if I wasn’t a huge fan of classic rock I’d still appreciate the story behind the film and a lot of the scenes where the choreography is just great or the camera effects are simply brilliant.

      The Story - Like said above, Across The Universe bases its whole story off of a collection of songs done by The Beatles, a very interesting concept to me since The Beatles never really put out a concept record and since all of the songs are scattered across all different records. Normally I’m not a huge fan of musicals but this movie was truly done right, the story that these songs pieced together was a truly powerful and moving one. I’m not going to give


      a very long summary of the story because you can simply search for that on a million of different sites, but I am going to say that its quite original. If you’re familiar with Beatles songs or classic rock in general then you’ll understand some little details in this movie a lot better which may help you, or at least it did for me, appreciate it a lot more. Even the names of the characters are all references to something Beatles related. For example all the main character’s names are based off a Beatles song, Jude is from Hey Jude, Max is from Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, and Lucy is from Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. I mean these are just minor details but they’re little things that I really enjoyed about the movie.

      The Cast And The Music - Personally I enjoyed all of the actors and actresses who played the main characters, even though I wasn’t very familiar with them, and in particular I thought the actor who played Jude was brilliant. Generally I’m not a huge fan of musicals but this one was a strong exception. All of the songs throughout the entire movie were sung very strongly and they fit in with the accompanying scene in some of the most powerful ways I’ve ever seen film and music relate. The two most powerful scenes, to me, are the scenes which feature the songs Hey Jude and Let It Be. The scenes themselves and the songs themselves are powerful on their own, but when they’re brought together, it’s truly brilliant and truly moving. The choreography and even film effects (The psychedelic scenes) were also brilliant, even the credits were nice to watch. The scene where I Want You ...


      • (She’s So Heavy) plays in the background has the best choreography throughout the whole film and I really enjoyed, also the scenes with Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite and I Am The Walrus are visually great. I also enjoyed how the song selection for the film was pretty varied - it ranged everywhere from The Beatles’ earlier more pop-rock work and progressed throughout their psychedelic period all the way through Abbey Road and Let It Be as well.

        Other - Like I mentioned a bit before, this film contains a lot of little small details which a Beatles’ fan will appreciate, even a classic rock fan in general. All the characters have a representation of something, whether it be a Beatles’ song, an older rock icon, or even both. For example Sadie and JoJo are both based off of Beatles’ songs, but also icons. Sadie is a representation of Janis Joplin and takes her name from Sexy Sadie while JoJo is a representation of Jimi Hendrix and takes his name from a lyric in Get Back. Again these aren’t crucial to understanding the plot but it’s nice that the writers put them in the story. Also, although the story basically does focus on the relationship between a male and female when it comes down to it, this really isn’t one of those generic romantic teenage love stories - there’s a lot more to it in this film. However, there are some details that can be easily missed which actually play a much larger role in the plot and that’s another reason why I watched it two times. The second time around I noticed a lot, and I mean a lot, more things that I missed out during the first

        watch and it just made me appreciate the film a lot more.

        Conclusion - It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Beatles fan or even a classic rock fan in general - chances are you’ll appreciate this movie for one reason or another. You may enjoy the powerful story, the brilliant choreography, the brilliant visual scenes, the acting, or just the music - but there will be something. The movie is slightly long, about two hours and fifteen minutes, but the watch is really worth it. I honestly feel this film would be a great musical on Broadway although it would be impossible to replicate some of the psychedelic scenes, which are actually a pretty large part for this movie to me. Also, this isn’t exactly what I would consider a “family” film - there is a bit of profanity, drug use, very mild sexuality, even nudity in a scene but a teenager would be able to handle it, none of the things I just listened at very strong. There are also a few drug references including an illusion to Tim Leary, a Harvard Professor who was known for his encouragement in the use of psychedelic drugs, punch that appears to be laced with LSD, and general psychedelic scenes which try to imitate a psychedelic experience. However, drug use is not overused in the movie and in the spots where it may be mentioned or used, it’s done tastefully and not really done in overkill.

        Yes the film primarily relies on the songs of The Beatles to craft the story of these friends, but you don’t even need to know The Beatles to appreciate this film. Also, if you enjoy musicals or can appreciate choreography then this is definitely a film you should look into.




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