Across The Universe
Across The Universe
A musical like no other, as it captures the essence of the Vietnam/1960's era perfectly through the use of "Beatles" songs. Although the usage and symbolic meanings of the songs themselves signify the era and story content well, some of it came off as a tad unnecessary. The story is essentially about a young British artist, Jude (Jim Sturgess), whom seeks to find out who is biological father is in the United States. However, he finds himself falling in love with this American girl named Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), whom comes from a prestigious family. At first things seem blissful as Lucy, Jude, and Max (Joe Anderson) travel across the United States living care free. However, all that changes when Max gets drafted into the Vietnam War; Jude and Lucy's relationship starts to become drastically strained as they both struggle since. Jude still continues to struggle with his artwork in the States, while his girl friend, Lucy, starts to excel in her new career. Needless to say, "Across The Universe" is essentially a love story about two people who's relationship is strained, due the harsh times of the 1960's/Vietnam War era.
I will admit the music in this movie was very well executed. Normally, I never credit songs in a movie, but this one made me think twice. As each song not only flowed seamlessly into the events and emotions of the film itself, it also allowed for the audience to part take in the various symbolism.
The symbolism were presented in various psychedelic images that do a great job portraying the era of the 1960's rather well. The images are used throughout the movie to describe the harsh realities of the Vietnam War and the rebellious nature of many sixties youths as they rebel against a unfair capitalistic society. Each character trying to find their own way in life, as none of them are sure where they're going. However, all they do know is that in order to survive the harsh reality of life, is through each other.
Sadly, the story is generically cliched, at times, and it also has a tendency to lose focus as well. Like the introduction of Jude's father. Sure, he played an instrumental role in bringing Jude to the U.S., but he doesn't play as big of a role as many might think. Which makes you have to wonder why he was even introduced at all. Then there's a solo song around the beginning that features a cheerleader, which does very little if anything to add to the story.
However, despite it's flaws, "Across The Universe" is a fairly decent musical that depicts the trials and tribulations of the 1960's era. The songs and various array of symbolism is used quite nicely to enhance the story. However, the story content leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, it's worth a rental, but I wouldn't expect too much out of it.