'Across the Universe' doesn't quite '...

'Across the Universe' doesn't quite 'Come Together' -

There are 47 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 28, 2007, titled 'Across the Universe' doesn't quite 'Come Together' -. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Across the Universe is disarming, discombobulating and disappointing. Director Julie Taymor has torn page after page from the Beatles' songbook and used it to assemble an allusive pop history of the 1960s.

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James

Salem, OR

#21 Sep 29, 2007
the best, most powerful movie ever. Laugh.cry, scream. If you don't feel this movie in your sole, then you don't have one.

A++++++++++
Roby

Laguna Hills, CA

#22 Sep 29, 2007
This is just a tesrt to see why they screwed up mm commas and apostrophes...
As a So-Cal musician that grew up in the 60’s. the Beatle era, and have been in the entertainment industry my whole life, I say this movie is nothing short of artistic genius. Obviously Mr. Sragow was not there. Every frame of this movie was carefully crafted, the lighting, the sets… and the music, so different than the way the boys did it, really gave it justice and made you appreciate the phenomenal quality of Beatles songwriting. An excellent era depicting story, great cinematography, great acting, great voices and outstanding music, dude, that’s entertainment!!! Don’t listen to Sragow, he’s a … whatever, just go see for yourself… or miss out on a great couple of hours.
Ashley

Peabody, MA

#23 Sep 29, 2007
I actully strongly disagree I loved this movie and highly recomend it.
LJP321

United States

#24 Sep 30, 2007
Alright already, I still think it was better than those crappy movie remakes of TV shows or movies already done. Across the Universe came from an original idea and I really enjoyed about 65% of it. Editing could have helped. It was a little too long. The use of music was very cool and I especially liked the adaptation of songs into the storyline. I liked the use of cliches as an art form, yes over the top but it worked. The whole movie was over the top, a visual treat and a musical restoration hardware. Old songs by new voices. The best thing is it wasn't Hollywood, I am a independent film kind of gal and when the five of us got out of this movie we had a lot to talk about. Three 50 year olds and two teenagers. Of course the adults saw it knowing all the word to all the songs. The teens saw it fresh and hearing most of the music for the first time. We all were singing when we left. It is something unique and not cookie cutter mentality like so many Blah Blah Blah Saw 1, 2 and 3 crap movies.
Tara

Phoenix, AZ

#25 Sep 30, 2007
Across the Universe was seriously...incredible.

Touching + inspiring.
lovely ritaaa

Windsor, Canada

#26 Sep 30, 2007
personally, I thought it was great.
lovely ritaaa

Windsor, Canada

#27 Sep 30, 2007
personlly, i thought it was great.
Rick

Evergreen, CO

#28 Sep 30, 2007
I saw this film at the Aspen Film Festival two days ago. After the film ended, the entire audience was applauding. No one left the theater.
Julie Taymor is at the top of her game. This film was not just a home run, it was a bases loaded grand slam. Critics have shown me more than once...that for the most part...they are lucky to have a job.
Steph

Rancho Cordova, CA

#29 Sep 30, 2007
I think if I stretched my imagination, I might be able to agree with you, saying that it was choppy. Or that some of the visuals were bizarre. But I loved that movie.

It worked to its advantage that some of the scenes were out-there; it really brought the viewer into the drug experience. And one of the goals of the movie was to give a full taste of what those years were really like. Skipping from one character to another is more than forgivable when you accept that. The depth of the characters didn't suffer from this as much as you say.

I loved it, and as the real critic here (the paying viewer), I have to say that I think you are way off-base.
Trish

Orlando, FL

#30 Sep 30, 2007
This movie brought the beatles songs to life.. i was amazed and it is my favorit move and I plan to see it a few more times while it is still in theaters
Sam

United States

#31 Sep 30, 2007
I thought the movie was very well done, all the ties and music... more about the times then it is about story.
itsme

Palm Bay, FL

#32 Sep 30, 2007
U suck, go die.
itsnikki

Columbus, OH

#33 Sep 30, 2007
This was such an amazing movie... And it is about so much more than just Beatles music... It is the story of an era. I was moved, and moved to tears more than once during (and after) the film. I thought it was very well put together, easy to follow and understand. As someone who was in her late teens and early 20's during that time period, it held very deep meaning for me. Some of it was difficult to watch, but all of it was so perfectly done. I do believe that different age groups will form differing impressions... Perhaps everyone not from that era should grab a "flower child" to take along to this movie as their personal guru... Anyway, my college-age daughter saw it and loved it too...
Sam

Houston, TX

#34 Sep 30, 2007
The only thing I hated about this movie was the actress who played Lucy, she's 19 but looks 30....unbelievable as a high school student.....I think if they had casted anyone else in this movie it would have been a lot better.

I agree with the critic...this movie did not have an easy flow about it at all...it was very choppy and not put together in a way to fully understand it...Do not get me wrong...I loved the visuals and I loved all the new actors..and the music...but I could not get around that one person...
60s activist

San Francisco, CA

#35 Sep 30, 2007
Actually, I think you missed the whole point of the movie. I found it to be allegorical and very visually entertaining. The director did a very good job of pairing songs with events that really spoke the wisdom of the songs' lyrics, as well as the disillusion/illusion that ran through the 60s counter culture. Don't know how old you are or if you lived through this period but I was there, in NYC, in the 60s and I found the movie to be extremely poignant.
haahah

El Cajon, CA

#36 Oct 3, 2007
yeah go get a life, movie critic.
Michelle

United States

#37 Oct 10, 2007
Brilliant review!
I couldn't agree more. I still can't quite understand why so many people I've talked to are in love with this emotionally barren mess of a musical. I could expound on my opinion, but it'd just be a rehash of this review.

And I absolutely love the omelette analogy. So funny!
L D Smith

Baltimore, MD

#38 Oct 11, 2007
I have not seen the movie, but my 16 year old daughter did and her friends did, loved it and she has been listening to Beatles music for the last 2 weeks almost non-stop. If nothing else, at least the movie gives generations who did not experience Beatlemania like I did exposure to their musical genius.
mckayla

Olathe, KS

#39 Oct 11, 2007
i know
Red

Oceanside, CA

#40 Oct 13, 2007
More like your review doesn't quite 'Come Together' either. This movie is beautiful, and very well done overall. My eyes didn't blink, it was just so awesome I couldn't take my eyes off it. Thankfully there are still great movies like these out there.

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