A chronicle of John Lennon's first years, focused mainly in his adolescence and his relationship with his stern aunt Mimi, who raised him, and his absentee mother Julia, who re-entered his life at a crucial moment in his young life.
The story of John Lennon's (Aaron Taylor-Johnson's) childhood and teenage years from 1944 to 1960, his relationship with his Aunt Mimi (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) and his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) - the two dominant women in the first part of his life; his first meeting with Sir Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and George Harrison (Sam Bell), their friendship, their love for music, and the birth of The Beatles.Written by
In one scene, John Lennon passes a character he refers to as "Tarbuck". This is well-known British comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, who went to the same school as John. See more »
At their first gig after the founding of the band, John and his friends already performed a "The Quarrymen". However before that they were called "The Blackjacks", a name that was not mentioned in the movie. That however could be a hint to the fact that the band quickly changed their name to "Quarrymen". See more »
I want to start a Rock'n Roll band. I want to be like Elvis.
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I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Jay Hawkins)
Published by EMI Music Publishing Limited/EMI United Partnership Limited
Performed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
(p) 1956 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
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Deceptive DVD cover, no Beatles
The DVD cover prominently features a sign that reads "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Field", but make no mistake, this movie has very little to do with The Beatles, let alone their later years when those 2 songs were recorded.
Instead we get a very tight snapshot of John Lennon's youth around age 17, focusing mostly on the rift between his mother and her sister (Aunt Mimi) who mostly raised John. It's more a coming-of-age flick than a rock'n'roll film, and some of you might feel cheated that it doesn't touch on The Beatles as the cover implies, but it's still well done and worth watching.
It does, however, paint John Lennon to be a 1st class douche bag (whether or not this was true, I don't know). And more than once during the film I found myself hoping Mark Chapman might show up, if you know what I mean (just kidding). I'm not an expert on John Lennon's personal life, but I would've thought that John was more of a pensive, introverted type based on his lyrics. Instead he's shown here to be an angry, lewd, domineering punk. I suppose the film did a good job of showing how rock'n'roll was often born out of rebellious douche baggy youth.
The character of Paul McCartney shows up midway, lending a voice of sanity and wisdom, and George Harrison appears later for a few seconds. There were no Beatles songs but instead a few Elvis tunes and old rock standards. If you're hungry for a Beatles biopic, you should probably check out "Backbeat" (1994) or "Birth of the Beatles" (1979).
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