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Across the Universe (2007)

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Synopsis: Across the Universe, from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in... More

Genre: Musical & Performing Arts
Director: Julie Taymor - Director, FRIDA
Theatrical Release: 2007
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 133 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
Language: English

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Synopsis:
Across the Universe, from director Julie Taymor, is a revolutionary rock musical that re-imagines America in the turbulent late-1960s, a time when battle lines were being drawn at home and abroad. When young dockworker Jude (Jim Sturgess) leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad. With a cameo by Bono, Across the Universe is "the kind of movie you watch again, like listening to a favorite album." (Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES)

Synopsis

The Beatles' songs may have provided the soundtrack for the lives of those coming of age in the 1960s, but their extensive catalogue acts as the literal soundtrack in this romantic musical from visionary director Julie Taymor. Newcomer Jim Sturgess stars as Jude, a young man working on the docks in Liverpool. Eager to escape, he travels to Princeton where he meets Max (Joe Anderson). But it's his meeting with Max's younger sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) that changes him. They quickly fall in love, but their relationship is tested by the chaos of the late 1960s and Max's unwilling tour in Vietnam. Throughout the film, characters burst into classics from the Beatles: frat boys sing "With a Little Help from My Friends," while Uncle Sam bursts from a recruitment poster with strains of "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." U2's Bono makes a cameo as a counterculture leader and croons "I Am the Walrus," and actor-comedian Eddie Izzard provides a trippy rendition of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite."

Sturgess has the voice, charm, and good looks to fill Shea Stadium with hordes of screaming young women. As Jude, he's earnest and certainly capable of carrying the film. Wood capably balances Lucy's naivet? and knowledge, easily moving between her love for Jude and her passion for her cause. Though the performances are strong, it's Taymor's gifted direction that makes ACROSS THE UNIVERSE so fascinating to watch. As in FRIDA and Broadway's THE LION KING, she proves herself an artist with creativity few can match. Director of photography Bruno Delbonnel also deserves praise for his contribution to the striking visuals. He has worked with Jean-Pierre Jeunet on AMELIE and A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT, and he brings the same sense of romance and whimsy to this unique musical.

Details
Language Usage   Subtitled
Release Language   Thai
Color   Color
Area   
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   N
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   
Rating Reason   some drug content, nudity, sexuality, violence, and language
Parental Advisory   
cast & Crew
Julie Taymor - Director, FRIDA
Evan Rachel Wood - Actress, LITTLE SECRETS (2001)
Jim Sturgess - Actor, 21 (2008)
Joe Anderson - Actor, COPYING BEETHOVEN, (2006)
Ian La Frenais -
Suzanne Todd - TV/Film Producer
Jennifer Todd - Producer
Matthew Gross - Producer, JOE SOMEBODY (2001)
Bruno Delbonnel - Director of Photography, AMELIE (2001)
Elliot Goldenthal -
Eddie Izzard - British comic
Julie Taymor - Director, FRIDA
Ian La Frenais -
Dana Fuchs - Actress, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Martin Luther McCoy - Actor, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE
Salma Hayek - Actress, FRIDA