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9 February 2013
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GniknuS said

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.

Well I'm hoping that's what its supposed to be like I mean it's about JOHN. I just watched today, and I understood everything. I'm a dirty fifth gradera-hard-days-night-john-1 but I really enjoyed it.

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LongHairedLady said
I saw this movie, it was all right.  I am really picky with movies when they don't get actors that look more like the real people.  Paul just wasn't convincing enough for me.  Why didn't they use Jim Sturgess from
Across The Universe?  He already looks a lot like him, allthough he probably looks to old to play a teenager I guess.  Regardless, someone else could have looked a lot closer.  Same with George.  John's was pretty good, but of course the blue eyes.

I read Paul McCartney's opinion of the movie, and he liked it other than the fact that he was shorter than John in the movie (which he wasn't in real life, weren't they only a half an inch apart?) and also the part where John punches him, he says did not happen.  Also he says that Mimi wasn't as harsh as she came off in the movie.  

I really enjoy Nowhere Boy. I know there are some differences, but its not that bad of a movie.

I watched the behind the scenes and the director said they weren't necessarily looking for people who look exactly like them, but more of people who could act like them. 

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I think Nowhere Boy is a pretty solid film-pretty much all of it rings true, and while I don't think Sangster was exactly a dead-ringer for Paul, as Bikelock said, he replicated his mannerisms really well. The scene in the porch when John asks about his mother, and he says that "she sort of died" in particular stood out to me as being very believably written and acted. Both Mimi and Julia were perfectly cast, I thought, and Aaron Johnson and the guy who played Pete Shotton bounced off each other fantastically, to the point where they were exactly how I imagined them being like when I first read about their antics in books and such.

If anything, I think it could have done with a longer run time, and show more of John's life at the art college as well as the formation of the group (more scenes with George and perhaps even an introduction to Pete and Stuart?), rather than skipping to him leaving for Hamburg without any clear reference to time having passed. I would also have added in a few more scenes showing John's bizarre and untamed creativity that influenced his life a great deal in his youth, in the same vein as the bit in the classroom when he's doodling and speaking gibberish to himself. I can't help but wonder if it could have done with a sequel to have a bit more breathing space and go over certain aspects in a bit more detail, such as John's childhood years and the beginnings of Hamburg, even though in my opinion it is excellently paced. Overall, an 8/10.

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"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

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LongHairedLady said
I watched this again recently, enjoyed it more the second time around.  

 

HeyTrud said
It made me cry a couple of times too...very moving.

Ugh, especially the part where John and Mimi and Julia are all fighting and crying and John is SO UPSET?!

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apple01heartapple01 for the cat!!  Love it!  Made me crack up!  Don't be sorry! :)

 

Ugh, especially the part where John and Mimi and Julia are all fighting and crying and John is SO UPSET?

Yeah :(   That was heartbreaking.  Also, after his Mom's funeral when John gets really angry and punches Pete Shotten (I think) and Paul and then him & Paul hug and cry......a-hard-days-night-paul-7

 

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The only sad bit (I found) was when John was leaving for Hamburg and he told Mimi, he'd call when he got there and the bit at the end where it said "John called Mimi nearly every week for the rest of his life" and 'Mother' is playing :'(

I bought the DVD in Germany so the end writing is in German, completely messes up the mood :(

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"....take a sad song & make it Meilleur"....

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I love it. One of my favourite Beatles films.

I don't mind that it takes liberties with some of the history. It hits enough facts and pays attention to enough details to ring true emotionally, and you're never in doubt it's the embryonic Beatles you're watching.

Good points:

- The fact it never mentions the word Beatles. Nice touch, especially at the end when Mimi asks "What are you called again?" and John replies "Do you even care?"

- The size difference between John and Paul. I know this has been picked up as a criticism, but I thought it worked as a bit of dramatic licence. John was older than Paul, and the age gap from 15 to 17 is HUGE at that age. So the physical difference between them really worked to simply and visually get this point across. John was a young man, Paul was still a boy, but you still felt the connection between them.

- In Spite Of All The Danger. I never liked this song, but it just hit home in this film and I now love it. Again, dramatic licence: but the orchestra subtly swelling in the background and the flashbacks to Julia all make the song something really special in the context of the film.

- I kinda like the way it has no qualms about putting the Beatles story into the background and foregrounding the John/Julia/Mimi relationship. The music performances are all the stronger for the fact that you only get wee glimpses of them and you really want more.

- Speaking of the music, the soundtrack CD is just brilliant. It turned me on to the Screamin Jay Hawkins version of I Put A Spell On You, and all the original recreated Quarrymen songs (by the actual cast) are on the CD as well.

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