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#07 Across the Universe

Across the Universe

Starring Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood and Joe Anderson

When this movie came out I was going through a musical craze.  Not only did I love just about any movie musical,  but I was also seeing a lot of Broadway musicals. I was never a Beatles fan, but I knew enough songs by them for me to believe I would enjoy the movie. The first time I saw this, I’m pretty sure I enjoyed. Definitely more than I did this time. I didn’t realize how little dialogue there is actually in this movie. There’s rarely more than a minute between songs.

The more I think about this movie, the more frustrated I get. It’s a movie about a bunch of uninteresting characters who do nothing but sing. Since there is such a lack of dialogue, we have to rely on these songs to move any story there is forward. It also doesn’t help that there are so many other characters that get song time which ultimately doesn’t matter. If they focused the story on the 3 main cast and gave them more of plot and some dialogue to work with, this movie could have been half-way decent.

This movie is also an hour too long.  The plot and characters are so cliched that we get a semi enjoyable music sequence every 4th songs if we’re lucky.  On the back of the DVD cover it actually says “Within the lyrics of the world’s most famous songs lives a story that has never been told…until now. ” I really don’t get that because it’s basically a true story. The backdrop is the war in the late 60s, so we know exactly what happens, and the characters do nothing but sing about what is happening.

This is the first movie that I want to remind myself to never waste my time watching again.



The performances were actually decent but I’m convinced Ewan McGregor is actually the singing voice for Jim Sturgess.

Up next…Aeon Flux


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