Several weeks ago I received and email from WGBH/PBS in Boston asking if I would take the time to mention their upcoming release of Lennon Naked on my website. They also asked if I would like a preview copy of the movie prior to writing about it. It only made sense since this is a review website.
It would seem that 90% of this film is about John Lennon’s anger management abilities. It’s as if the people behind the making of the movie researched every moment and every issue Lennon had and put it on film without regard for the happy or joyful times in his life. According to Lennon Naked all John Lennon did was walk around angry and I believe they should rename this film to “Lennon Pissed-Off”.
My personal message to Robert Jones (writer): Dude….Give Peace a Chance! ☮
The one good point I found is the acting in the film is wonderful. And though I’m not a Yoko Ono fan, I did find Naoko Mori‘s portrayal ofYoko to be excellent!
I don’t know that I can criticize the details that they present in this movie. I didn’t walk away with the impression that they took too many liberties with the truth, though they do have a disclaimer before the movie started saying that some parts have been fictionalized.
Lennon Naked will debut on PBS on Sunday, November 21, 2010. You can go to PBS.org and check your zip code for dates and times that Lennon Naked will be playing on your local station.
As always, I look forward to my readers responses and opinions.
I rate this movie: 1 out of 4 Beetles
I had the opportunity to have a night out with the family and catch a showing of the new John Lennon biopic – “Nowhere Boy” at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville.
(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.
I’m embarrassed to say that I got this movie over two months ago and am just now sitting down to write my review, but as John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
I give the writer/director a lot of credit for making this film. He’s just asking to get beaten up by Beatles fans around the world for trying to cash in. And I will admit that I thought the same thing going into watching this movie and several minutes into it.
Let Him Be is a story about a young man who comes across an old movie camera with a home movie taken at a children’s birthday party. He can’t help but notice that the guy playing guitar and singing for the kids has an uncanny resemblance to John Lennon. And that’s where the adventure begins as Tim and his girlfriend Kathleen trek across the back roads of Canada in search of the person they believe to be John Lennon.
It didn’t take long before I too was drawn into the story despite my original belief that this movie was made for the writer/director to get a piece of the big APPLE pie. But after a while I realized that the story wasn’t necessarily about Lennon. Any famous star that has left this world could be put into this tale and it would still be an outstanding tale.
This movies leaves its audience wondering, “If I was to find out that John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe or James Dean was still alive, would I out them to the public?”
After seeing this movie, you’re answer may not be what you think!
Read more about ‘Let Him Be‘ on the official website: www.LetHimBe.com or on the IMDb: here
Rated: 3 Beatles
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