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Old 09-21-2007, 08:34 PM   #16
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My son wants to go see the movie with me this weekend! I am floored and honored! I can't wait!!
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Old 09-22-2007, 02:45 AM   #17
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I don't think I'm going to be able to sleep until I put all my thoughts on the movie into one cohesive space.

This was the longest music video ever.

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I didn't expect any good acting to come out of this, and in that sense I was not disappointed. The Beatles were shitty actors too, ya know.
What I did see was an active interpretation of music through film and story - the essence of a good music video. Visually, it was stunning. I saw things on film that I thought could never work and they did. My eyes were feasting at every moment.
My ears were feasting as well, as I liked nearly every cover in the movie. I especially liked how some songs were slowed down to focus on the lyrics.

Here is the tricky part, folks. It relied far too much on the lyrics. If you want to make a movie like this, you have to create at least TWO characters that you would seriously shed a tear for if they died. I didn't feel that for any of them (maybe Max, but that was for different reasons...). I feel like they tried to make five or six main characters when there really should have only been two as the trailer suggests.

Of all the storylines, Max's was by far my favorite. This captured the spirit of the '60s. The discovery, the rebellion, the war, the loss, the aftermath. His character was the everyman that spoke for an entire generation and I could definitely see a strong movie come out of a story like his.
The love story has been done before, as all love stories have, but this one lacked a lot from it. I suppose it was because the characters didn't feel sincere. I couldn't see how they were in love. I definitely heard it, but I could never see it. If you want to see a love story, watch Love Actually.

Favorite song: Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Yes it is! Despite the sextuplet Salma Hayeks, I loved the "GUNNNNN" part. Definitely reminded me of "Comfortably Numb" in The Wall, if it were on happy pills.

I also really enjoyed "I Want You (She's So Heavy"). It put a very interesting spin on it. I love that they carried the Statue of Liberty while they sang she's so heavy. It gave me a bit of kick in this side when I think how hard it is to be an American and at the same time disagree with the things your country is doing.

Least favorite: Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite.
It creeped me out. But I really like the song on its own. I just hated the visual representation and it didn't fit in with the rest of the movie. Not even Bono and the Amazing Technicolor Bus. (Loved that, by the way!)

I'd definitely watch it again. It wasn't as terrible as I thought it could have been and it wasn't as good as I thought it could have been.

So...a 7.5/10? Sounds right.
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Glad to see someone else got the same kick out of the statue of liberty part that I did
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I've read a lot of early reviews for this.

Sounds like it will be a mindblowing music video.

Sounds like it will be a lousy motion picture.
Nicely put. I'm not a Beatles fan, so I doubt I'll like it. Then again, I probably don't bond with Beatles songs because I don't realize their political relevance and this might be one way. Maybe I'll ask my Beatles fan friend if he wants to go.

Richard Roeper says Bono gives an impression of Robin Williams doing an impression of Bono.
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Nah, I didn't see any Robin Williams in Bono's performance. I am curious to hear what a non Beatles fan thinks of the movie. You should go and let us know!
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:14 AM   #21
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I saw it last night, the music was good but the writing and characters didn't seem all that solid to me-sort of cliche and some of the lines and literal Beatles stuff made me cringe (the silver hammer and she came in through the bathroom window, etc). I thought the two leads were good and good singers too(maybe Evan Rachel took singing lessons from Marilyn Manson ). Thought it was too long too. Bono without his accent was strange.

It's enjoyable though just for the music and some of the visuals.
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how come no movie theatre near me is playing it!?!??!?
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There were parts of it that were very stunning. Regardless of my status as a U2 fan, I thought Bono's bit was one of the best in the movie, because it brought comic relief and some much-needed charisma that some of the other actos seemed to lack.

I really liked the actor playing Jude, and also liked Max. Some of the other actors were kind of flat for me.

I might change my mind about how much I liked it over the next few days, but there were parts of it I thought were really well-done. The army screenings bit was really cool with all the little boxes opening up (but the Statue of Liberty thing was groan-worthy. I prefer metaphors that aren't quite so anvilly) and I also loved the bowling alley scene.
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Richard Roeper says Bono gives an impression of Robin Williams doing an impression of Bono.
That's funny, but Richard Roeper is still one of the biggest dumbasses in the whole business.
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:28 PM   #25
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I saw no bit of "Robin Williams" in Bono's performance.

As soon as Bono shows up on screen acting like a manic attention whore, then I'll agree with a Robin Williams comparison.
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and I also loved the bowling alley scene.
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It's not playing anywhere near me, will there be a wider release this weekend?
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wider release was to be on 9/21
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I have heard that some theatres are still hoping to receive it in the coming weeks. I guess they have to wait til the 1st theatres are done with it
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It's playing at a handful of theaters in Seattle. The theater I saw it at downtown was in digital projection, and I could really tell a difference. I almost felt like I'd put in new contact lenses this morning!
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