Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nowhere Boy * review *

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Imagine...John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool, 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John (Aaron Johnson): Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up aunt who raised him, and Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock 'n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster). Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice - and an icon explodes into the world.
"A terrific film! Insightful & moving. Aaron Johnson as John Lennon is a revelation." Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
"Kristin Scott Thomas gives a beautifully nuanced performance." Wendy Ide The Times
"Aaron Johnson is impressive and nails John Lennon's slashing wit." Kyle Smith New York Post
"The best music movie of the decade!" John Naughton GQ
"Remarkable in bringing John Lennon into focus before your very eyes." Anthony Breznican USA Today

BD Features

  • The Making of Nowhere Boy
  • Nowhere Boy: The Untold Story of John Lennon and the Creation of The Beatles
  • Deleted Scenes

Cast and Crew

  • Stars: Andrew Buchan, Anne-Marie Duff, Aaron Johnson, David Morrissey, Paul Ritter, Thomas Brodie Sangster, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Threlfall
  • Director: Sam Taylor Wood
  • Producer: Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae

BD Details

  • Genre: Biography
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • Sub: English (US)
  • Color/B&W: Color

Guest Review by my MOM :) ...

I was deeply moved by this story of John Lennon's life before The Beatles. Anne Marie Duff gave a stellar performance as usual. It was fulfilling to get a more complete picture of the emotional turmoil in John's early life that drove him to gather together the group that would become The Beatles. The movie is gripping, and held my complete attention to the end. I highly recommend this movie, especially to those who have no experience based in the 60's, as a means of removing the prejudice that still exists toward the hippies of that era.

Thanks so much to Sony Pictures for sending me a review copy of this movie. 

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