Besides P.T. Anderson's "There Will Be Blood", there was no other movie I was more excited for this year than "Across the Universe". Using my all access pass, I went to see the movie in Boston today for free (don't worry, I'm seeing this movie again and I'll pay for it).
For Beatles fans like myself, I was a little concerned about this film. Any movie involving The Beatles is tough to pull off. Most fail miserably. I have to say that I loved this film and I fucking hate musicals. This film was a refreshing experience and at a little over two hours, I didn't really want it to end. The singing was good and the music did a great job moving the plot forward. Add onto it the visuals, I thought it was awesome. Especially some of the psychedlic songs such as "I am the Walrus" makes you want to smoke right in the theatre.
Taking away the music, I thought the plot was also very engaging. Then again, I love the 1960s, but still I enjoyed the story. The film somewhat reminded me of the mini series, "The '60s", from the 1990s, but was much better. It is a love story effected by Vietnam, peace, and music.
If you can look beyond just the music and singing, you have a film that is truly a magical mystery tour for Beatle fans and admirers. One that I highly recommend.