Lets be short and to the point. This is my third review for the weekend so to avoid the formula I give you a copied synopsis and my flaming opinion in brief, jumbled, and orderless sentences. Unlike Adam who gets paid to write reviews, it's a joy to be jumbly and bubbly in a review. So as if a child describing a rainbow I shall describe the "Universe".
The film is 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.
For the most part it's a big "whatever". I have a hard time truly being effected by musicals. The only one that was able to capture my emotion imagination was "Dancer in the Dark
". In "Universe" it just felt as soon as I was about to make an actor/audience connection I would loose my grip and fall back sharply into my dimly lit reality. I was never more than a viewer.
Another issue was that I never fell for the hero dame of the film. Lucy the love of Jude's life was nothing to me. I never felt what he was supposed to feel.
I hated the bus ride and the circus song. The bus was visually horrible and the circus pointless and random.
I like Jude. I loved Sadie's voice. I loved the army recruitment musical number as well as the hospital bed heroin song. As you can tell from my lack of musical knowledge I've never been a Beatles fan.
Visually there was some amazing sequences, shots, and scenes. I loved some elements and was terribly bored through others. I felt the 60's was shoved down my throat and not a spoon full of sugar in site. I had a hard time processing and passing through the other side. After the movie I was asked what I thought and I battled whether to answer artistically or truthfully. I believe they should have been the same.
The movie wasn't a waste of time nor nothing short of an accomplishment. To put it objectively and bluntly, Across the Universe just didn't tug the special strings in my heart.