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Monday, December 3, 2012

Nowhere Boy by Sam Taylor Wood, 2009 (R)

with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Albert Nobbs), Thomas Sangster (Love Actually), Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, Bel Ami, Salmon Fishing In Yemen, Leaving), Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey, Ophelia Lovibond, Josh Bolt, Sam Bell, Andrew Buchan
Duration: 98 minutes

Raised by his aunt since he was a young boy, charismatic teen John Lennon is reunited with his mother, which ignites a bitter battle between the two sisters for John's affections. Along the way, John befriends fellow Liverpool lad Paul McCartney.

Interesting bio of John Lennon, with a focus on his teenage years, reconnecting with his mother, dealing with a society that for him was backward, rejecting school, going through a journey through music into the first years of his musical career, right before the Beatles. The soundtrack is I believe the best part, with a great compilation of the music of the 40s and 50s. Then, the cinematography portraying Liverpool of the 50s is another great element, made me feel nostalgic of a time that I never knew, but grew up with because the fashion of that time had a revival in the 80s and early 90s, but also because everything is so well documented that the trip to time really operates successfully. I mustn't forget the actors, not only because I am a reliable fan of Kristin Scott Thomas acting, but because the ensemble is really interestingly portrayed, you even forget at some point that these are not the actual Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and start imagining them as the (extra)ordinary boys that they might have been before becoming hugely mainstream.

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