I like John Lennon's music, but I'm pretty ignorant of his early life,so I watched this for a good story, not facts. And it delivered. Ienjoyed the scenes involving his development as a musician and theformation of the Quarrymen more than the mom/aunt relationship stuff.But even these relationship scenes were well done and heartrending.
The best part of the movie for me was the acting.Everyone--everyone--did an incredible job. Aaron Johnson, especially,is simply incredible. I mean, to go from this role to "Kick Ass," theguy's a phenomenal actor and surely has a bright future in acting. Hecan even sing. I remember seeing him years ago as twins in "Tom &Thomas" and thinking, Dang this kid can act, to carry the whole picturehimself. Johnson's recent roles reveals that early talent wasn't afluke. Kristin Scott Thomas (as Mimi) and Anne-Marie Duff (as JuliaLennon) deserve Oscar noms.
I'm not sure how Lennon's traumatic young adulthood as depicted inNowhere Boy informed who he became as a man. Losing the people heloved, reared by an emotionally stifled woman--maybe these drove him tofeel deeply and embrace the emotions that made his music so powerful,I'm not sure. It's a story I'd like to see. But Nowhere Boy is anentertaining and thought-provoking film. Glad to have seen it.
This is Sam Taylor-Wood's drama about John Lennon's teenage years andrelationship with his errant Mum, Julia. (By the way, that's a goodchat-up line if you meet a Julia: 'Oh right, half of what you say ismeaningless...' It works, honestly.)
I had misgivings about this; it looked like the sort of 1950s perioddrama you get on Sunday early evening telly, so authentic is hurts. ButI went along because my sister wanted to see it and to show willing.
It was awful, a horrible movie. Taylor Wood is an artist; Ronnie Woodwould have been better. It's all broad brushstrokes and the end resultis like watching paint dry. Okay, that's an inappropriate jibe: TaylorWood is all art installation stuff. But that's the problem here: she isdepicting an idea on repeat throughout the movie. So we see Lennonmeeting his mum, and is amazed how wild she is, and a bit turned onmaybe. Then back to his Aunt Mimi, who raised him, looking all prim.Back to his mum, and she's dancing and being wild again. Another sceneof that, then back to Mimi looking prim again. Nothing ever reallydevelops much. Marie Ann-Duff is v good as Julia, Scott Thomas is goodas Mimi but really Mimi looks like one of those women who never had sexin their life and Kristin doesn't fit that mold; really a youngerMaggie Smith would have been perfect.
Aaron Johnson is okay as Lennon, he captures his middle-classnessthough with glasses he becomes a bit Harry Potter. He's got the voiceand the insolent look a bit, but really he's too tall and manly. Lennonwas a proto-punk, he all the Fabs were mod types with slight bodies.Johnson is muscley and tall, he looks more like Travolta in Grease orthe young Superman who outruns a train and squeezes his poor Dad todeath. He towers over the other characters and is more a Pete Bestfigure.
Otherwise, no clich? is left unturned. Paul shows up, and asks for acup of tea rather than a beer, because he's the nice and square Beatle.Later he talks about writing your songs as you get the publishing:because he's the calculated business one. He seems a prod-nosed littlejerk. Some girl dubs Lennon a 'loser': hmm, that might make a good songlater, d'ya think? Julia introduces him to rock n roll it seems, takeshim to see an Elvis movie where teenage girls are screaming; John looksaround and we see him think, "Hey, this is good, I should be a rockstar!" All devoid of subtlety. It's a wonder when George appears (theactor looking nothing like him) he doesn't say, "I'm famished, anyonefancy an Indian takeaway?" Or someone saying. "That Lennon, he's goingto get himself shot one day!"
And I somehow doubt that in one of the Lennon sex scenes, inserted toshow he's normal and not fixated with his mum, that the hot young girlwould groan orgasmically like a porn star and then - in time-honouredmovie tradition - obligingly kneel down to give him a blow-job as thescene ends; not in the late 1950s I don't think. Man, if young Lennonwas getting blow-jobs off hot chicks back then, I don't suppose he'dhave much cared about forming the Beatles. I know I wouldn't!
At the end it writes on the screen that Lennon phoned his Aunt Mimievery week for the rest of his life, which I somehow doubt is true.
This is about John Lennon's teenage time, when he lived with his auntMimi. He has problems at school, encounters teddy boys, starts TheQuarrymen and meets Paul and George.
The story is a rhapsody, including Lennon's attempts to recontact hishalf-crazy mother. There's the triangle Mimi/Mum/John which finallybrings an eruption. The heat is really on here and then, Lennon and TheBeatles go to Hamburg.
Entertaining certainly, but most credits go to Kristin Scott Thomas,which was to be expected. Kudos to the Liverpool accent, one of manything Lennon taught us to love.