Johnson doesn't resemble, much less embody, Lennon, but he does catch his distinctive glint of mischief tinged with pain. Duff and Scott Thomas are both exceptional, revealing how John's relationship with these two clashing sisters marked his character. show more
The script, adapted by Matt Greenhalgh from a memoir by Lennon's half-sister, Julia Baird, is flagrantly Oedipal; almost every scene between John and his mother is sexually charged. The curse is taken off most of these encounters by Anne-Marie Duff's eloquent work in the mother's role. show more
Taylor-Wood stresses the universals rather than the specifics of John's youth. So don't go expecting a Fab Four origin story. The word Beatles is never uttered. But do go. show more
I was 9 years old when the Beatles came to America; then everything changed....for the better. See this movie and you will understand why John Lennon loved music and why he needed to succeed in life with his music. The torture and sadness he went through as a teenager helped shape his need to succeed as a Quarryman and later as the leader of the Beatles. Great movie and a must see for anyone that loves the music they created.
If you love the Beatles, go see this movie because it's wonderful! If you're not such a fan, but interested in a good drama, about a real life, this movie will still be a great one to see. I wanted it to continue on and on!
A touching and sensitive portait of a amazing historical figure. Well acted, directed, and written account of John's developmental years that gives some insight to the depth of who he was. A must see for all ages (young adults to seniors)