At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios' Across the Universe is an original movie musical springing from the imagination of renowned director Julie Taymor (Frida, Titus, and the Broadway smash hit musical The Lion King) and writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (The Commitments).A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, the film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam.The star-crossed lovers, Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with "Dr. Robert" (Bono) and "Mr. Kite" (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy - against all odds - to find their own way back to each other.
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All You Need Is Love
An original musical film, Across The Universe is a fictional love story set in the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, the struggle for free speech and civil rights, mind exploration and rock and roll. At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, the story moves from high schools and universities in Massachusetts, Princeton and Ohio to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam and the dockyards of Liverpool.
A combination of live action and animation, the film is paired with many songs by The Beatles that defined the time.
A totally captivating and an enthralling experience and the only film to really move me this past year! Brilliantly conceived and executed with an imagination that is refreshing! It took some stones to come with this structure, re-envision the iconic characters of the 1960 and then to weave the Beatles song catalog into a vibrate narrative. That alone was impressive, but add to the some truly inspired voices and performances and it makes for a grand journey. That said it suffers slightly from the standard musical problem in that the exposition gets redundant when spoken vs. songs scenes are used. For me the musical numbers were far more engaging, due in no small part the genius of the Beatles. WATCH THIS FILM!
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