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Brendon Walsh
Across The Universe

Across The Universe

2007-10-29

Over the weekend I finally had the opportunity to go and see a film that I've been waiting to see for nearly a month now. Across The Universe, for those of you who don't know, is somewhat of a musical based on 60's musical tracks from legends such as The Beatles (among others).

While I must attest that this genre is not everyone's cup 'o tea, I find myself particularly drawn to them. And regardless of your preconceived notions of an average musical, Across The Universe is distinctly different in it's feel as it strings together classical songs into one big contrived story in a fashion that I myself would never have understood otherwise.

The Story

A romantic musical told mainly through numerous Beatles songs performed by the characters. A young man from Liverpool comes to America during the Vietnam War to find his father. He winds up in Greenwich Village, where he falls in love with an American girl who has grown up sheltered in the suburbs. Together they experience the sweeping changes of America in the late 60's.

The story is excellent, not in the sense that it is anything groundbreaking, but that it works so well with the music that composes it. Each song strikes at just the right moment with the right emotional tone to send waves of excitement through you and somehow managing to drive the story further with a classical tune.

The Humour

And aside from the music, the movie is genuinely funny at times as well. I can't recall the last time I laughed out loud in a theater at something that was funny and detached from any innuendos. While I can not disclose any one particular instance at the moment without revealing too much plot information, I assure you that it is funny.

The Art

Lastly, I must take time to appraise this film on it's visually artistic overtones. The lucrative hue stylings done in many scenes perfectly reflect the time that the film directors aimed to take the audience. There was no doubt in my mind that I was watching the lifestyles of teenagers in the 60's.

Go See This!

This movie is excellent. I urge you all to go out and see this movie regardless of your musical tastes or notions of musicals. This movie is guaranteed to work for you on some level. Better yet, watch this one with you family (parents considerably) so that everyone can bask in the classical stylings of Across The Universe.