Love story set to Fab Four music
Across the Universe Romantic drama
It's as easy to fall in love with Across the Universe as with the songs of the Beatles. After all, they are merely two sides of a coin called love.
The film is directed and co-written by Julie Taymor, best known for her work on Broadway. Set in the Vietnam war era, the movie opens with a sad-eyed young man (Jim Sturgess) sitting alone on a beach, staring into the camera and singing the song Girl, a tune imbued with heartbreaking universality. And from there the movie only gets better.
The young man, named after the Beatles song Jude, is a British dockworker who travels to the US in search of the father he never met.
There he comes across Max (Joe Anderson), a wayward student from a privileged family, and his charming younger sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). Together, the three young people travel to New York City, which is like a pot about to boil over as anti-war sentiments and rock 'n' roll occupy the minds of rebellious youth.
They share a flat in Greenwich Village with a group of musicians, including landlady-cum-singer Sadie (Dana Fuchs), her guitarist boyfriend Jojo (Martin Luther McCoy) and Prudence (TV Carpio, the daughter of Asian singing star Teresa), a young hitchhiker from Ohio.
Life is heaven in the beginning. Jude and Lucy start to fall in love and Max leads a rebellious and carefree life as a young bohemian.
But when Max is drafted and Lucy becomes increasingly involved in the radical anti-war movement, the utopia starts to fall apart.
There's nothing new about the story, but Taymor knows the way she tells it is what matters.
Unfortunately, the ending is predictable and may be too syrupy for those who still enjoy subtleties in plots.
Yet you just can't help humming the song All You Need is Love when you leave the cinema. It's impossible not to succumb to the magic of the Beatles and movies.
Across the Universe is now showing