John Lennon 1961
Aaron Johnson plays John Lennon 2010
I enjoyed this film a lot. It is the story of John Lennon's adolescence, an important period in his life when his beloved uncle died suddenly leaving him with his Aunt Mimi and also explains the very very complicated relationship he had with his mother. It ends, and I don't think I'm giving away anything here, as he heads off to Hamburg with his new band, what were they called again? The Beatles, that's it.
We meet Paul and George fleetingly, it's too early for Ringo, but it's not about The Beetles, it's about John as a teenager and the relationships in his life which probably had a massive influence on his music and choice of instrument later.
It is British. I am a total fan of the quiet portrayal of a character who comes alive in an authentic setting. The attention to detail in every frame and set is delicious. I was enthralled by each room, perfectly constructed to transport us to 1955 Liverpool. If it was Aunt Mimi's semi detached middle class parlor or the Head master's office it was so good you could almost smell it.
It's not a new release, it came out last year, but has only just made it to Broadway Cinamatique in Yau Ma Tei click here for On line Ticket Sales
This is the first movie directed by the artist/photographer Sam Taylor-Wood and she has obviously used her 'eye' in the making of this, I look forward to her next work.