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.

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.


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.