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Across the Universe (2007) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

2299

Avg. Rating:

2.69/4

# of Ratings:

220

Genres:

Romance, Musical

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

10/09/2007

DVD Release:

02/05/2008

Director:

Julie Taymor

Actors:

Evan Rachel Wood
Jim Sturgess
Max Carrigan
Joe Anderson
Dana Fuchs
Martin Luther

 

 

 

 

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A young British man travels to the U.S. during the Vietnam War where he meets a brother and sister who take on the hippy attitude of the 1960's. Musical.

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Rod 05/17/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

A bad one. Sorry. Not the songs, the movie.

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lpd381 02/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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1/4 

I love the Beatles but this movie is just horrible. It's horribly pretentious and is very forced. There are characters thrown in just for the sake of some how tying in another song. The only positives this movie has is the music, but I can get that on my Ipod with out all the needless crap. The other positive is there is some very good cinematography but the vast majority of it was in the trailer. The think that irritated me most was the worthless cameos by Bono and Eddie Izzard. They were un-needed and a waste of their talent. Go out and buy a Beatles album and avoid this movie.

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donkeyknight 05/03/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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1/4 

I can't imagine being in the theatre, thinking you were going to see a love story to the soundtrack of the Beatles, and instead seeing Mr. Kite, 6 painted Vietnamese women and a gyrating priest. Our emotional connection to these characters (who are all searching for peace in empty arms) has to be conjured just because we're told they're important.

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  Daniel Corleone
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02/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Across the Universe review

Overloaded with uninteresting characters and exaggerated acting. Incoherent plot and music video-like direction just plain ludicrous and pointless as the scenes go on and on. Visually gorgeous, the songs eternal and majestic thanks to the iconic The Beatles. Usually, in musicals one needs flawless choreography, this reviewer saw one too many poorly executed dance numbers. Unfortunately, if one needs to listen to the bands song why not view A Hard Day's Night or Yellow Submarine, instead of watching and hearing other people singing and acting as if there is a real story. The picture obviously relies on the songs, really forced some scenes just to insert some Beatles classics. Some cut scenes and cinematography were amazing, that aside from the songs (not the ones remade) are the only...

Rating of
1.5/4 

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  shutterspeed777
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04/22/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

ACROSS THE BEATLES UNIVERSE

A medley of The Beatles hits put into film while trying to concoct a plot. I didn't realize that JULIE TAYMOR met my brother years ago before her rise to stardom. My brother gave her a grand tour of the Philippines, and invited her to speak at seminars for PETA (PHILIPPINE EDUCATIONAL THEATRE ASSOCIATION - not to be mistaken for the animal-friendly movement). My brother said that she was a decent lady with a magnetic persona. Hopefully, she stayed the same.

The film made $29 million against a huge $45 million production budget. Like any other musical, the challenge is to make sense of all the sub plots involved and come up with a single-thread storyline. My daughter adores the film because, according to her, "JIM STURGESS IS HOT!" OK! Well, I think EVAN RACHEL WOOD is hot too....

Rating of
2.5/4 

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  CJP
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10/15/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

60%

Action: 2/3 + Comedy: 0/2 + Good vs Evil: 0.5/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 1/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 0.5/1 = 6/10 or 60%.

The films visuals are the thrill within this piece. Apartment walls become the sky, football players cartwheel through coming out declarations, and strawberries are the military's splattering bombs. Even a simple bowling alley isn't safe within it's own conformity, instead falling into unified leaps over the ball dispensers with people rolling themselves down the lanes.

The songs themselves, all Beatles remakes, seem wedged and forced into the story though. A newspaper story, for example, conjures "A Day in the Life" briefly because it contains the line "I read the news today" and that's it. Thus, the visual balance outweighs and questions the use of the m...

Rating of
2/4 

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