(A quick history of the Colonial Theatre – this theatre became famous in the 1958 cult classic “The Blob” when the patrons run screaming from the theatre after the blob takes over.)
I was really torn watching this movie. It a very well made film and the acting is quite good. It is a wonderful to relax to…if you’re not a die-hard Beatles fan. I must have leaned over about five times and whispered in my husband’s ear, “That’s not how that happened.” From John’s blue eyes (his were brown) to Paul McCartney being shorter than him (he wasn’t) to Uncle George dying in front of John (John was away when his uncle died), a hardcore Beatles fan will feel like there are nails scratching a blackboard while watching. But, for the average, everyday music fan that just wants a little background into Lennon’s early years…yes, this film will please you. And though a lot of it is a bit out of chronological order, it gets its point across of the turmoil and heartbreak that Lennon must have felt in his youth and adolescence.
I’m not sure how to rate this film. I want to scream, “Did you think we wouldn’t notice your blatant disregard of the facts?” and at the same time, I want to say, “Great film…very well made!” This is where I’m going to have to say to my readers, go see the film and try to separate yourself from the truth just enough to enjoy the film. There really isn’t any one thing in this movie that changes the overall story of John Lennon’s real story and that can’t be attributed to ‘artist license’. And for this reason…
I rate this film: 3 out of 4 Beetles
The movie will continue to be shown throughout this week (November 5-11, 2010) at the Colonial Theatre. For more information and showtimes, please go to: www.TheColonialTheatre.com.