This film doesn't know what it wants to be which results in it not being very good. Laden with cliché, predictable interpretation of Beatle songs, half-baked arty acid trips, anti-war-ish, all performed by squeaky clean cast who do their best...but no. And then Bono appeared and I turned it off. (Whoever made that decision needs to have a word with themselves).
I remember this film being a reference in how not to script, not to play, not to sing and not to shoot. As I also remember that it created deep trauma from all the above, I am not ready to explore it again with fresh eyes to see whether I got tougher. My partner liked it, but then she thinks James bond is a thing.
It starts off pretty cheesy, I'll admit that. But it improves dramatically as it goes on and gradually gains psychological weight i didn't expect it to be able to carry. But it did. Some absolutely brilliant psychedelic moments in there! It's basically a young, idealistic hippy fest:) so those who are not into this kind of mindset, probs won't like it, but it doesn't mean that the film's bad!
These are two hours of campy, stupid fun. Featuring such dumb expository dialogue as "Whilst you two enjoy the throes of young love, I've got a date with Uncle Sam", there's a broad grin plastered on my face while I'm watching, and that's what makes it so watchable. Great soundtrack.
A polarizing, love it or hate it film that I love. Very rewatchable, Across the Universe plays as well today as it did in 2007. This is a visual and auditorial pleasure cove. It's silly and even stupid at parts. Some songs don't work at all but the ones that do are unforgettable. One of my favorite films from one of the best years in cinema.
Genuinely worth watching for clever choreography and interesting interpretation of some of the songs. As for the bits in between the music, well, sure, they're terrible, but super-fun if you're watching this with a friend with a sense of humour. It's basically Velvet Goldmine, Beatles Edition (though Velvet Goldmine is better).