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Across The Universe DVD Review

Updated on July 12, 2013

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This is just such a great movie, I had to say something about it. It is a musical written around a collection of Beatles songs. If I had heard about it though a synopsis, I would not have chosen to see it. The reason is that I really would not think it possible to do a good job with this premise. But I saw a trailer of it while watching another movie, and I thought it looked fairly interesting. I thought I would suspend disbelief and enjoy if for what it was with the understanding that , naturally, it could not do the Beatles music justice. Boy was I wrong!



I started off watching the movie with a rather skeptical mindset. A bit aloof from it. Judging it. I was pleasantly surprised right up to the interpretation of “She‘s So Heavy“. Then I was completely blown away. What an incredible, novel, wonderfully perfect interpretation of that song! I watched the rest of the movie avidly and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lovely Young Performers!

The cinematography was gorgeous, the color palette rich, the acting fine, the choreography fresh and innovative, and the singing glorious! The young actors and actresses are so lovely and charming and yet complex and with depth.

I particularly like Joe Anderson who really doesn’t have much of a filmography behind him, but his quirky personality and looks and oddly, occasionally deep and raspy voice are so interesting. Just the kind of odd-ball-bad-boy I always fall for!

A Perfect Liverpuddlian

I was also charmed by Jim Sturgess as Jude with his lilting and perfectly rendered Liverpool accent. Although, he is English, he is not a Liverpuddlian, and he worked hard to perfect his accent for this part. 

All of the actors are charming and lovely to look at. Cameos by Bono, Izzy Izzard, and Joe Cocker make this movie a real treat!

Can't Get It Out Of My Head!

A few days after my initial viewing, I watched the movie again with the director's commentary and was absolutely startled by the fact that the actors actually sang the songs as they were acting, and that’s what you hear in the movie. I had just assumed that they had sung the songs in a studio and dubbed them in, but apparently that was not the case. I was impressed by how much care the creators of the movie had taken to honor the Beatles and the time period and to really convey the world and the feeling of it during the 1960’s.

After watching with the director’s commentary, I watched the movie again with even deeper appreciation and enjoyed it even more. Can’t get the songs or the images out of my mind and remain deeply impressed. I had put the movie back in the envelope to send back to NetFlix, but I just took it out. I am going to watch it again.

And by the way, it’s on my wish list at Amazon along with the soundtrack! ;)

Copyright:SuzanneBennett:December 12, 2008

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    justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

    LOL! No, he doesn't need to buy it! He can just get it from NetFlix! So he's less of a romantic and likes the heavier songs, eh? I was very impressed with those two as well because of Joe Anderson. I love his voice and his odd, quirky ways!

    Thanks for the comments, Bow! I look forward to more movie reviews from the chimpanzee point of view! ;)

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    Aya Katz 8 years ago from The Ozarks

    Suzanne, I showed the YouTube video clips on this site to Bow. He listened more carefully to "I want you" and "Hey Jude" than to the others. However, all he had to say about it was: "Suzanne doesn't understand that Bow doesn't buy anything."

    I think he was under the impression that you wanted him to buy a video!