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13 July 2010
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Sorry if I'm repeating a thread.

 

Well I just watched Nowhere Boy.. and to be honest. I don't hate it, but I'm not a big fan. The portrait of John and his family was ok, Aaron Johnson did a good job (it could have been worst). What I felt totally disappointing was Paul McCartney. i mean, these guys are supposed to be best mates but I didn't feel the magic. And George Harrison... zero. I know the story is about John, his Mom and Mimi but come on....

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mithveaen said:

Sorry if I'm repeating a thread.

 

Well I just watched Nowhere Boy.. and to be honest. I don't hate it, but I'm not a big fan. The portrait of John and his family was ok, Aaron Johnson did a good job (it could have been worst). What I felt totally disappointing was Paul McCartney. i mean, these guys are supposed to be best mates but I didn't feel the magic. And George Harrison... zero. I know the story is about John, his Mom and Mimi but come on....


The acting was a huge turnoff. So bad, it wasn't even remotely funny.
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mithveaen said:

Sorry if I'm repeating a thread.

 

Well I just watched Nowhere Boy.. and to be honest. I don't hate it, but I'm not a big fan. The portrait of John and his family was ok, Aaron Johnson did a good job (it could have been worst). What I felt totally disappointing was Paul McCartney. i mean, these guys are supposed to be best mates but I didn't feel the magic. And George Harrison... zero. I know the story is about John, his Mom and Mimi but come on....


 

So is it worth waiting for it to hit theaters here, or should I see it now through other means?  You weren't screaming, "But that didn't happen!" the whole time, were you?

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mithveaen said:

Sorry if I'm repeating a thread.

 

Well I just watched Nowhere Boy.. and to be honest. I don't hate it, but I'm not a big fan. The portrait of John and his family was ok, Aaron Johnson did a good job (it could have been worst). What I felt totally disappointing was Paul McCartney. i mean, these guys are supposed to be best mates but I didn't feel the magic. And George Harrison... zero. I know the story is about John, his Mom and Mimi but come on....


 

Yeah did George's character even have a line in the movie? And Paul's character was such a little dweeb. But the John/Julia/Mimi relationship aspect was enough to make it a pretty good movie.

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skye said:

 You weren't screaming, "But that didn't happen!" the whole time, were you?


No, that mania is reserved for me when I see it in theatres. a-hard-days-night-john-6

I'm a little wary- in the commercials the actors look so... not them. Especially the lad who plays Paul- I mean really? Though, I do admit, the actor who plays John looks verrrrrry good-looking, but the blue eyes...! 

If it was all right, I suppose I'll wait until it comes out on DVD. I may want to revive Beatlemania for a night, though, and go see it on the big screen.

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See, that's my thinking too. It's not very often that you get to see a Beatles movie on the big screen.

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So is it worth waiting for it to hit theaters here, or should I see it now through other means?  You weren't screaming, "But that didn't happen!" the whole time, were you?

 


 

Well to be honest I'm totally ignorant regarding John's life, so I can't tell if some things happened or not. I mean I know John's life but not by memory.

What I was "What are you made of?" was in the moment of Paul meeting John. I was like "Come on kid, you're portraying one of the most important moment in Modern music history and you act like that????" I didn't expect a ray of sunshine over Paul and a chorus of angels singing "Here's the oneeeeeeeeeeeeee" but a little hint of love at first sight wouldn't have hurt at all. I blame the director because that kid can act. And I was annoyed by John's blue eyes.

 

So if you want to wait and see it in theaters do it. I guess that yes, it's nice watching a movie about the Beatles in the big screen.

 

BTW How time flies away!! I have a movie, Thomas and Thomas with Aaron Johnson when he was a child. It's a very nice film with Sean Bean. (actually he played McDuff's son in the Scottish play when Bean and Samantha Bond played the main characters) And Thomas Sangster was that cute kid in the movie with all those British gorgeous gods. (Love Actually). I never thought of seeing them playing Lennon and McCartney!

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Okay so like any 15 year old girl, I have had a thing for Aaron Johnson for quite a while. I think he's a really good actor and he's musically talented but I think he could have maybe studied his role better. I also have to say I felt a bit violated when he took that girl behind the bushes and they did stuff. It's fine by me if John actually did that stuff but I think it was a little bit too graphic. Yes, I sound like a nun but that's just how I feel about this.

It was weird to see that boy from Nanny McPhee playing Paul. I mean seriously, how can anyone believe he's actually 20 in real life? That would have to mean he was 14 or 15 when he did Nanny McPhee and he looked like he was 9. I think they chose the wrong actor for Paul but he did a good job for a kid who probably didn't have any idea about The Beatles.

I know it sounds like I'm defending them but what can we do? The movie is out now and we can't alter it a-hard-days-night-george-5

But yes, those are just my opinions. I think it was an enjoyable film overall and I cracked up laughing in some bits.

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Okay so like any 15 year old girl, I have had a thing for Aaron Johnson for quite a while. I think he's a really good actor and he's musically talented but I think he could have maybe studied his role better. I also have to say I felt a bit violated when he took that girl behind the bushes and they did stuff. It's fine by me if John actually did that stuff but I think it was a little bit too graphic. Yes, I sound like a nun but that's just how I feel about this.


Maybe because in between the scenes he was in a couch with her Mom? Well we know that John might have had Oedipus's complex but that was taking it too far.
 
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mithveaen said:

 

Maybe because in between the scenes he was in a couch with her Mom? Well we know that John might have had Oedipus's complex but that was taking it too far.

 


Right, but I don't think it's really that weird with John and Julia, well it's about as not weird as an Oedipus complex can get, which is still pretty weird. But John viewed Julia more like a friend than a mom, and she represented a lot of things to John, including sex, let's just be honest about it. The film doesn't try to hide that, but it is a bit weird to see on screen.
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GniknuS said:

mithveaen said:

 

Maybe because in between the scenes he was in a couch with her Mom? Well we know that John might have had Oedipus's complex but that was taking it too far.

 


Right, but I don't think it's really that weird with John and Julia, well it's about as not weird as an Oedipus complex can get, which is still pretty weird. But John viewed Julia more like a friend than a mom, and she represented a lot of things to John, including sex, let's just be honest about it. The film doesn't try to hide that, but it is a bit weird to see on screen.
 

That's for sure. Actually it's quite obvious he had it. (Doesn't he call Yoko "mother"?)

 

I don't mind if they showed that.. but it was quite weird the way they did it. Sometimes filmmakers do things to make audiences uncomfortable, if they do it to prove a point, that's fine. What I found unnecesary in Nowhere Boy was the editing of the sex scene and the scenes with his Mom. But of course that's my opinion. a-hard-days-night-john-7

 

And speaking of Oedipus complex, a lady from another forum posted there an interesting comment about that famous last photo of John by Leibovitz. I'll ask her permission to translate it and post it in here.

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I saw Nowhere Boy on Limewire, hoping it would be a Beatles movie, but honestly, it's a very minor part in the movie, which made me sad. I thought the acting was a bit cheesy, but believe me, I think Aaron Johnson is one cutie. <3 I'm sad that they they didn't include much of the other Beatles, and I feel like the movie could have been better, but there's nothing I can do about it. (I was way too young to see this movie, but whatever. It wasn't that bad.)

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It's not showing in Arizona!

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skye said:

It's not showing in Arizona!


How approprite.
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Oh, but Skye, it is.  Saw it in the papers today.  Chandler Fashion Center, Harkins Shea and AMC Desert Ridge. 

I'm trying to make my mind up as to whether to see it, or rather where, big theater or a bargain one.  Nobody looks themselves...then again, nobody *acts* themselves either.  Stylistically it wouldn't have been *that* expensive to buy brown contact lenses for Johnson, "Paul's" eyebrows are off and "George," poor George.  George Harrison's infamously long, lushy, thick mop of cowlicks tamed by hours of  styling, well, movie "George's" can't compare.  Movie "George" looks like he's wearing a drowned, long-haired rat on his head with it's tail hanging off the front...and I love rats.  It's like that single scratch that you have on an album and even though you know it's coming you still wince, you know?  And I truly hope I'm wrong, but do the facts seem skewed  for maximum viewability? (a bit ignorant of the film maker to think a world of Beatles fans won't notice.)

Maybe I'll buy some licorice or something to chew on to keep from biting my fingers at the wincy parts.  I've loved The Beatles for decades.  I'm just not sure this film does them justice.  Of course it's not supposed to, is it?  It's just about John.  While I'm sure there were days when Ringo, George, Paul *and John* ; ) felt it was just about John, here this seems like such a missed opportunity.  I hope it's not as amateurish as the trailers make it seem.

I've seen the promo footage of Cynthia, Julian, Yoko and Sean doing the family thing in anticipation of this film.  Has anyone heard/read anything from the Harrison clan?

Will this movie go the way of "Across The Universe"? (the movie, the song's wonderful.)

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YAY! I don't have to turn pirate. And you're in Arizona, Ocean Child? Welcome to the forum and thank you for the good news. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I finally saw this yesterday with my sister. I liked it and I think she did too. If I wanted to nitpick, there's plenty to pick, but I think it hit the major points. I think the climax could have been handled differently. As it was, it was just an info dump from Aunt Mimi. The part at the end with his childhood photos and Mother playing was the most effective part.

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mithveaen said:  

BTW How time flies away!! I have a movie, Thomas and Thomas with Aaron Johnson when he was a child. It's a very nice film with Sean Bean. (actually he played McDuff's son in the Scottish play when Bean and Samantha Bond played the main characters) And Thomas Sangster was that cute kid in the movie with all those British gorgeous gods. (Love Actually). I never thought of seeing them playing Lennon and McCartney!


I remember watching a film called Feather Boy when I was younger. That has Thomas Sangster as the main character and Aaron Johnson as his bully. When they were both about 11. And Aaron Johnson has long ginger hair! paul-mccartney

 

I was really excited about Nowhere Boy when I first heard about it and it really let me down! Both of these actors have been really good in other things, but really lacked a spark in this, especially in the moment they met, which has already been said. I think it could have been good film, if you forget the fact that they're supposed to be playing Paul McCartney and John Lennon!

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I saw Nowhere Boy on Youtube and I was very impressed. I knew this was a John Lennon film about a time in his life that few people know about so I wasn't expecting some Beatles Beatles everywhere moments. This was a movie about John, Mimi and Julia everything else is secondary. I thought Aaron did a good job though not the best, he is playing a John that most people really don't know about and not the quirky tongue lashing John of the 60s on. The only thing I did not like about the movie was the way they changed the story of the Julia Mimi John situation; that Mimi prevented John from seeing his mother and that Julia was not a part of his life until his late teens. I don't know why they felt the need to change the true story except to give a simplistic story; I also see no need for them making Mimi so cold and borderline uncaring. 

I thought Aaron did a good job playing a John who I believe has yet to be seen on film. Most reviews I see from fans mention that he was too good looking and definitely to muscular which is true, but I tend to think its a little hard to find someone who has a face like John Lennon's.  I will also say that I don't think the depiction of John in this film showed enough of his anger issues and bully tactics. 

As for Paul, I really liked the actor and he seemed to have a quiet "knowingness" about him, the actor played the meeting and interaction like he didn't know the history and importance of the events which I felt was spot on because John and Paul didn't know they would become the biggest thing since sliced bread; they were just two teenaged boys who like to play guitar interacting for the first time and feeling each other out. I recall someone joking that Aaron was so pretty as John that they had to get an even prettier boy to play Paul. George unfortunately did not have a big role in the film, which reminded me of Backbeat. But I could forgive that because it seemed the director was trying to push Paul's importance more because John was about to lose his mother and Paul would be the only one around who could understand what John was going through. 

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I saw this movie not too long ago, and it was OK. It wasn't the best thing ever, and I felt most of it wasn't anything I already didn't know. Well, OK, there was the um, tension, he felt between him and his mother, and that was pretty squicky. I kind of could hear the scriptwriters gasp when it was revealed that had John chose to live with his father at 4, he would have moved to **New Zealand!**. I remember waiting for the part "When John Met Paul" and I'm of two minds of the choice of Thomas Sangster as Paul. On the one hand, Paul looks ridiculously young in some early-day Beatles pictures. But in the movie, I kept laughing "Oh, my God, he looks like he's 12!" like some little kid trying to be tough. Still, it was kind of cool to see the formation of The Quarrymen, and his friendship with them, especially Pete Shotton.

I loved the quip George made about not being able to make any magic because he forgot his top hat at home, but I wish there had been more. I know this movie was about John Lennon the boy, but hell, I'm biased toward George. (Am I the only one who wondered if while John was hitching a free ride on the roof of the bus, George's father was driving it?) I would say that it seems in most movies *about*The Beatles, Geirge is always barely mentioned. But a couple days later, after seeing this, I learned that Martin Scorsese is working on a documentary about George right now. 

I think the two moments that I was really cheering on to see were 1) when John meets Paul and 2) when George auditions on the bus. Seeing three quarters of the Beatles before they were the Beatles was pretty cool. When they were all together, I remember thinking how if anyone told them what was going to happen to them in a matter of a few years, they probably would never have believed it. 

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