Across The Universe


(out of 5)

Julie Taymor follows her brilliant biography of Frida Kahlo with this completely soulless exercise in style, an exploration of the birth of 1960s counter-culture using songs by the Beatles as its main score. A Liverpudlian boy named Jude (get it?) jumps ship and ends up in New York City, falls in love with a girl named Lucy (GET IT?) and they set out to change the world. Motivating them is the increasingly unpopular American involvement in Vietnam that has summoned Lucy’s brother and Jude’s best friend Max () overseas. The actors sing the songs beautifully but perform them without spirit,  perpetually relaxed and always stony, their characters unrelatable and their attraction to each other a complete mystery.  Anderson is the only sign of life as Max, but he can’t save this film from the disaster it is. Bruno Delbonnel’s cinematography and Albert Wolsky’s creative costume designs are gorgeous, but none of this can mask the fact that the story barely skims the surface of themes it’s exploring and the musical interludes are not well justified. Look for a cameo by .

Revolution Studios, Gross Entertainment, , Sound Film

USA, 2007

Directed by

Story by Julie Taymor, , , Screenplay by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2007

Golden Globe Awards 2007

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