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Two Of Us film (movie by Michael Lindsay Hogg)
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Edit by Ahhh Girl 27 May 2015: A duplicate thread on this topic can be found here. That thread is now locked and a redirect note to this thread has been added.

I looked through this section and have not seen this film mentioned, so I figured it would be okay to bring it up.A few days ago I watched this movie, "Two of us" again which was made for VH1 back in 2000 or 2001 . It basically paints a picture of what could have happened if McCartney and Lennon got back together and reconciled(which I believe they did, according to both of them- remember the famed SNL incident where they almost went down to the studios to take Lorne Michaels up on his offer for $3000 for a Beatles reunion?) It was pretty interesting and Aidan Quinn really did a good job portraying Mccartney. The other guy ,Jared Harris is not to believable as John Lennon -but he has his moments.

I believe it was directed by Michael Lindsay Hogg, which is the same guy who did the "Let it Be" film , so maybe he had some insight to this story? Anyway, it was a cute little movie and it made me smile- I am a huge fan and I always wonder "what if? "I really wish they did go down to SNL studio that night.....

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I´ve never heard of the film before.

I don´t really go for these type of films where there are actors imitating Paul or John or whatever. I´ll check it out though.

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Funny, I would think the great Jared Harris ("I Shot Andy Warhol"! "MAD MEN"!) would do a better job than Aidan Quinn (an American after all, unlike Harris.)

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I thought so too, but his accent and mannerism was a little off- but interestingly enough by the end of the movie he started looking a little more like Lennon to me.  Not the kind of reaction I had to the kid who played Paul in "Nowhere Boy"-lol!  I just couldn't get into him as Paul at all! a-hard-days-night-paul-7 Aidan Quinn was alright as Paul, imo.

It was a fun little movie, I would watch it again!

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Just watched this film for the 2nd time, and I think it is superb. Of course there are fanctual inaccuracies, and that rooftop scene may be unrealistically emotional- but I think the actors are just stunning. Its uncanny how good both their impersonations are, but I think Aidan Quinn as McCartney is probably slightly better.

If I was doing a film like that I'd have them running into each others arms and belting out All My Loving together and being best friends again, but I like Two Of Us because its awkward and tense, and there are grudges and wives and memories and unsaid things which come between them. I think its a fantastic film.

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"Is my name Brian?" a-hard-days-night-john-6 I suppose that director has his own ideas about that holiday in Spain...

Anyway, the film's okay but Lennon's actor just annoys me to no end. He makes John seem like this pissed off, bored with his life type of guy who's rude to his fans( although he is said to have been rude to just about anyone else, he was polite with his fans. At least that's what I've been told), and of course he doesn't look the least bit like John and certainly does not sound like him

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John could be very kind to fans and he could be quite abrupt and short tempered (but that was mainly in the full-on beatlemania years when fans tried to rip his hair out and steal his clothes whilst he was in them). In the early days in Liverpool all Beatles were able to have a laugh with the audience and say a friendly hi in the streets.

I havent seen the film and have no interest in doing so. I dislike and get annoyed with films that take the truth and spin it into whatever the Director thinks happened and what s/he wants to say.

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meanmistermustard said 
I havent seen the film and have no interest in doing so. I dislike and get annoyed with films that take the truth and spin it into whatever the Director thinks happened and what s/he wants to say.

I totally agree.  I much prefer fact to fiction.  

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I got bored last night and watched the whole movie on Youtube.  Again it's a fictional story, which I am not a fan of.  The guy that plays Paul got his mannerisms down pretty good, and the accent is okay..  better than John's character at least, his accent sounded like he was Irish!  They didn't look close enough either, I'm really picky about that.  It makes it even harder to get into the movie.  John's face was too round.  Paul's nose was too big, and he was too heavy.  a-hard-days-night-paul-3  All in all... meh.

"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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That´s one of the reasons why I don´t really watch films like Two Of Us , the accents. They annoy me soo much when they´re not accurate. Mind you, John does have Irish in his family (like most liverpudlians), so I suppose that´s not too bad.

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I think I got through half or maybe the first 20 to 30 mins (I can't remember) before giving up on it.

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sky090909 said
I think I got through half or maybe the first 20 to 30 mins (I can't remember) before giving up on it.

You made the right choice.  a-hard-days-night-george-10

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A duplicate thread on this topic can be found here. That thread is now locked and a redirect note to this thread has been added.

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I thought the film was charming enough, but I couldn't really get into it a lot. I'm not 100% sure why, but I think the actors had something to do with it. I'm a big Aidan Quinn fan, but there were only two moments where I actually saw him do a convincing Paul. It's clear to see he studied the mannerisms, and he had Paul's nail biting down quite well. I just think he missed some obvious things that would've made the portrayal more like the real deal. Then again, the guy playing John convinced me even less. I couldn't really find anything Lennonesque in his acting. 

Still, it was better than a lot of other Beatles-related films I've seen, and I couldn't help but laugh a few times. Especially the bit in the park was quite good, and the roof scene was one of the best in the film. Whether anything like that actually happened, I don't know. I doubt it, though. Only Paul knows what really happened that day, but I'm guessing it wasn't what was depicted. 

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LongHairedLady said
I got bored last night and watched the whole movie on Youtube.  Again it's a fictional story, which I am not a fan of.  The guy that plays Paul got his mannerisms down pretty good, and the accent is okay..  better than John's character at least, his accent sounded like he was Irish!  They didn't look close enough either, I'm really picky about that.  It makes it even harder to get into the movie.  John's face was too round.  Paul's nose was too big, and he was too heavy.  a-hard-days-night-paul-3  All in all... meh.

Got a link?  I'll give it a spin????

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbA1_8c8LWM

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I was led to this seeing it asked about on the forum search thread.

Awww.... I see it has kind of mixed reviews here among the Forumpudlians. I rather enjoyed it. I was given the DVD for Christmas a couple years ago. I did see it when it aired on VH-1 I think it was, too, and thought it was fine.

It's quite clear from the disclaimer at the beginning that it's a fictitious account of what happened when J&P met up at the Dakota that day. While no, they didn't look in many ways like the men they were playing, Jared and Aiden did very well I thought. There WERE times, particularly a shot or two when the men were talking on the roof back at the Dakota that Jared looked very much like John. Maybe it was because he was in profile, maybe a case of the play between light and shadow, I don't know.  It was actually spooky. Then in two seconds that was gone. Haha! 

The scene in the restaurant / cafe... was John REALLY like that with fans? That poor kid, he blistered him! I kind of don't blame him for getting irritated when people (like the couple did) ask him to sing "Yesterday "... that WAS a Paul song. Though John was incredibly rude to them, I understand where it came from. Asking him to sing ANYTHING when he's sitting at a table in a cafe is kind of rude, too, though. He isn't a performing monkey.

I remember when the Saturday Night Live thing happened. It was a joke,  and we were cracking up and saying to each other "what if the Beatles are watching this?"  Then later I heard how John and Paul WERE watching, and how very close we were to them actually going over there and taking Lorne up on it... 

All in all I thought it was a charming little film. *shrug* I dunno.

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I thought it was ok, and will gladly watch it again in the future!!!

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Like a critic once said, this is just a movie version of fan fiction.  I'm sure we can all enjoy it more if we just take it as such.  It was never intended to be a historical recreation.

I got a kick at the end where Paul and John did not go to SNL not because they were too tired (which was the real reason). but because Yoko called John and he got engrossed in a phone call.  Paul decided then to quietly leave.  In this universe, Yoko once again spoiled something for us Beatle fans. 

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Watched this on YouTube last night. Even though a lot of the movie's events were fictional and the accents were not always on point, I think it's a decent little film with a fair share of funny and serious moments. I did get a gut wrenching feeling after (SPOILERS!) the rooftop scene, and then again towards the end when Paul waved goodbye to John when he was on the phone.

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