Love, war, the 1960s, Beatles hits make a great movie

October 16, 2007|By SALLY NEWLIN / Pulse Correspondent

Movie review: "Across the Universe"

"Across the Universe" is about more than just the Vietnam War, more than just anti-war protests and the hippie revolution, more than just the Beatles (though a ton of Beatles songs are incorporated into the movie).

"Across the Universe" is about love, despair and sacrifice. It's the story of six people who meet in New York and live in one apartment, but they all have very different lives. You watch as each person's life unfolds and they all reach for what they think is creative, righteous and just.

Mostly, the movie centers around Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) and Jude (Jim Sturgess) and their love for one another. It's the story of how Liverpool dockworker Jude comes to America, meets college student Max, learns how to lie back and have fun. Max's sister, Lucy, is an ordinary high school girl whose boyfriend goes into the military to fight in Vietnam. He doesn't come home.


And there the story unfolds as Jude and Lucy meet with each other.

I really love this movie for its captivating story line, its life-in-the-'60s experience and the romance. It makes you realize what it was like to live in the '60s.

Not only this, but the movie is a musical. The Beatles music makes the movie even more captivating. The cinematography portrays drug experiences, and it is strange when drug trips happen, but that just makes it even more interesting.

This movie is what I expected it to be and more. I give it a 10 out of 10.

The movie has some laughs and some sadness, but overall, it's a good love story, with a little Beatles twist built in.

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