Thursday, February 26, 2009

Movie Review in 3 minutes:


Watched 'Across the Universe' last night. And as much as I love Julie Taymor and her particular brand of colorful and crazy films, this was a misfire. In so many ways. The music was fantastic, obviously, and the singing is beautiful and moving. So it's too bad that the plot is a mess, that some scenes are a little too weird, and that it goes on for way too long. It was like one overlong music video, and halfway through I had given up on trying to care about the characters. Great idea, pretty visuals, but overall it just doesn't work. Too bad.

*Edit*
Mr. Controversy just reminded me of two glaringly bad things about this movie: Eddie Izzard and Bono. I love Eddie Izzard, but that was way too bizarre. And Bono butchering 'I am the Walrus' was more than I could take. I hate that man so much it makes me look truly evil.

4 comments:

Mr. Controversy said...

You're made of stronger stuff than I, for I couldn't make it past Eddie Izzard's Psychadelic Freakout Circus of Anti Vietnam War Propaganda and Lesbian Contortionists.

(I am the walrus.)

Figgylicious said...

Oh...GAH. I think my mind completely obliterated any memory of that, because I couldn't remember what you were talking about.

And then I remembered Bono was in it too, and how much I hate Bono, and I don't know how I got through this.

Nicole said...

The first time I saw this I swore that it was Robin Williams, in his August Rush persona, playing Bono singing "I Am The Walrus." That should tell you how bizarre it was.

Anna von Beaverplatz said...

I have to agree, Figginess. I wanted to like it, and I did love a few scenes here and there, but it was all very disconnected from itself, like each song/scene was an excuse to do some cool thing, but there was nothing holding it together.
I really wanted to like it, because I love Taymor too, based solely on Titus. That movie is amazing. (I haven't yet seen Frida, but soon! I swear!) I am totally looking forward to her Tempest.