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In His Life: The John Lennon Story
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11 June 2010
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I did not see any other threads about this movie, so will apologize if the topic is being duplicated.

A few days ago I DVR'd the movie from VH1 Classic and watched it last night. It only rated 2 1/2 stars out of 4 but thought I'd give it a go anyway.

I actually enjoyed it. It chronicled John's life from ages 17 to 24 (ending with John preparing to leave for the U.S. for the first time). As with every 'historical' movie there were some minor inaccuracies and much liberty taking, but all-in-all enjoyable.  

The actor who portrayed John (I don't recall any of the actors' names, and really don't care to - not a movie geek) looked enough like him to make it passable but there was no mistaking Paul's character when he first appeared on the scene (care to guess where?).

Two scenes ripped my heart out – the first when Julia 'flashed back' to the day when a young John had to choose between her and Fred and the scene where John first mourns over Julia's death.

I would not categorize this as an Oscar winner by any stretch but really did enjoy it.

If anyone else has seen it, I'd be curious to know what you thought.

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Zig said:

I did not see any other threads about this movie, so will apologize if the topic is being duplicated.

A few days ago I DVR'd the movie from VH1 Classic and watched it last night. It only rated 2 1/2 stars out of 4 but thought I'd give it a go anyway.

If anyone else has seen it, I'd be curious to know what you thought.


 

I remember watching this like.. 2 years ago and it was ok…. the scene I remember the most is when Julia dies.. John's reaction in the movie is truly heartbreaking. Another thing I remember is how John hit another guy who made a reference to Brian's preferences. I think the actor that played John looked a lot like him, especially when he wore the hat. But George didn't look like George at all. To be honest, I quite enjoyed it.

 

Now, I must say that any movie related with John that is decent I'd enjoy it. I remember watching a few years after John's dead a HORRIBLE movie called John and Yoko, or I should say the Hallmark version of John and Yoko, I remember John looking way too pretty, the Beatles with horrible wigs, and at the end, the writers were like "Ok, lets make John be happy with everybody because in the last minute he's gonna die". It was a total letdown because my sisters and I were too excited to watch it, but it was just awful. Or maybe I remember it as an awful movie.

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13 June 2010
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I saw a similar movie that was released earlier this year, Nowhere Boy. It's pretty much the same story. I can't remember what age he was when it starts, but it's from around the time just before he met his mother, and ends just as he's leaving for Hamburg. The funeral for his mother was really sad, and so was the part when his mother told him everything. It was a pretty awesome movie, and the actor actually kinda looked like him.

 

The only weird part about it was that the guy that played John is engaged to the director, who is like 40 years older than him. It doesn't affect the movie, but it's still kinda weird...

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Surprisingly, I haven't watched much beatles movies. I've seen the anthologies, but that's pretty much it. Then there's the infamous Sgt. Pepper movie (bad, bad, bad, BAD movie. Proceed with caution). Also, I've seen a somewhat documentary of John called "In The Life". It was possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. I appreciate what they were trying to do (John was narrating his life [even after his death, go figure] leading up to the big events in his life. Such as, his first sandwich, when he tried to play saxaphone for the first time, a fight with his mum, etc.), but it just didn't work. The result was a horrible film, one I wouldn't recommend to even the biggest beatle or john lennon fans.

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MrBig said:

Surprisingly, I haven't watched much beatles movies. I've seen the anthologies, but that's pretty much it. Then there's the infamous Sgt. Pepper movie (bad, bad, bad, BAD movie. Proceed with caution).


 

Oh God that movie is just so bad that's hillarious. I think they created the literal video. When they sing The Long And Winding Road, Peter Frampton walks in a guess what?? Long and Winding Road.  When they sing "Boy, you've got to Carry That Weight" he is carrying his girlfriend's coffin. Awesome.

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13 June 2010
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Oh, that's a horrible movie. I saw it before I was a fan. I didn't recognise half of the songs - I even thought Carry That Weight was a Bee Gees song. a-hard-days-night-ringo-14 What's-his-name singing Get Back was kind of cool. But Steve Martin with Maxwell's Silver Hammer, blech.

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14 June 2010
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I have to admit I don't have the guts to see that picture.

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I watched In His Life when I was doing a history project on John Lennon (the theme was "Individuals in History and the impact they made) and it was pretty decent, but that's it. At one point in the movie, though, I might have started crying...? I think it was when he found out his mom died and he just ran home and angrily strummed "Love Me Tender" on his cheap guitar... a-hard-days-night-john-4

 

So I agree, it was enjoyable, but had some mistakes. It's recommendable, though! a-hard-days-night-george-9

 

I still haven't gotten around to watching that Sgt. Pepper film everyone is talkin' about... should I? a-hard-days-night-ringo-6

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A Fiendish Thingy...

 

The Sgt. Pepper movie is like a horror movie; If you think you can stomach it, by all means give it a go. Just don't say we didn't warn you when you have nightmares for the next few weeks.blue-meanie

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The Sgt. Pepper Movie ended Peter Frampton's career - even he acknowledges that. He was warned by his manager not to do it - he did it anyway and that was it for his record sales.

 

You decide if that was a good or bad thing.

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I looooove that movie.

I saw it the first time with my class (I made them to).apple01

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Best Lennon movie is Nowehere Boy .. "only" covers up to pre-Hamburg but it's a class movie with great actors, script and all the rest.

The only 'inaccuracy' I spotted was they show John buying his first guitar with Aunt Mimi in a shop, whereas I read his first guitar was given to him by Julia who bought it mail order.

Yes, it's true the actor is now in a relationship with the director (that happened during the film making) and they've also since had a child. He's really good-looking though and she's stinking rich so.... we'll see how long it lasts!

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Sitting on a cornflake said:

Best Lennon movie is Nowehere Boy

Take a look at this:

McLennonSon said:

The funniest thing was; when the tour guide was by John's house in Liverpool he tolded us to watch the 'In His Life' movie (because the actor (that was john) was in John's room), and then I asked about the 'Nowhere Boy' film and he said:

'Rubbish. Absolute rubbish.  a-hard-days-night-john-6

Have you changed your mind yet?a-hard-days-night-john-6

 

(It was in another topic)

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Fliipin' heck! We have a thread for this film!!

Wont surprise anyone who knows how much I dislike films like these that i find this movie to be dire.

John's accent keeps going Irish for some reason, Paul and George look ridiculous, the acting is abysmal and the music is atrocious. The whole damn thing is laughably awful.

The only thing of interest is that John's father is played by whoever played the role of Des Taviner in 'The Bill'.

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I hated it. That John always looks as if a dung bomb went off right under his nose. 

Paul and George just look goofy.

 

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