Saturday, November 17, 2012
1775 - Across the Universe
Julie Taymor is a visual phenom - no denying that - but holy shit can she not string a story together into this clusterfuck of a film. It's actually kind of lazy and insulting. Characters like Prudence exists, mostly just so that other characters can sing Dear Prudence. The leads are strong given what they've got to work with. It's a melodramatic puff piece. Here's the thing - it's worth checking out for the music interpretations alone - but watch it more like you would a porno - assume that it's really just all about the music/sex and that everything is merely filler to get you from one place to the next. That's really what it is.
I vowed I'd never watch this again, but here I am - so perhaps it's not all that terrible. And if it is your neighbour molesting your kids, well, at least they're singing some pretty great songs while they're doing it.