Saturday, November 14, 2009

Review: Across the Universe

I so wanted to love this movie! I really did. And I certainly loved parts of it, but as a whole? No. It was too surreal for me. Maybe I would've liked it better if I was stoned, but that's not my thing.

The movie worked best for me when it was grounded into reality. Example: Jim Sturgess singing All My Loving to his girlfriend in the street vs the trippy sequence that was Bono singing I Am the Walrus. Don't even get me started on the Eddie Izzard scene. If I would rewatch the movie, I would seriously skip that scene. I would rather watch T.V. Carpio's wonderful version of I Want To Hold Your Hand a thousand times than watch that scene.

I enjoyed the entire cast, in particular Joe Anderson as Max. He's a good actor and his singing surprised me. Between this and The Ruins, I can't wait to see him in other stuff. Evan Rachel Wood is a great actress with a lovely voice, but she always comes across as very young to me, sixteen-ish. Jim Sturgess has a certain something, but I was not always convinced by his singing abilities. T.V. Carpio, Dana Fuchs and Martin Luther McCoy did well with their supporting turns.

While I didn't love the movie, I will be picking up the soundtrack. Besides All My Loving and I Want To Hold Your Hand, my favorites are With a Little Help from My Friends, Let It Be, If I Fell, Dear Prudence, Something, Strawberry Fields Forever and Across the Universe.

I certainly don't regret blind buying this movie, but I'm not sure I would've bought it if I had seen it before. I'm still a bit unsure about how I really feel about this movie. Maybe a rewatch will help. Overall though, I feel this project was too ambitious for its own good. A 3/5.