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A great film for Beatles lovers

October 23, 2007|By SHOVAL RESNICK / Pulse Correspondent

"Across the Universe" is a musical set in the 1960s, featuring a love story told with more than 30 Beatles and set against the background of youth revolution, drug experimentation, the Vietnam War and anti-war protests.

Jude, Max, Sadie, JoJo, Prudence and Lucy come together from different walks of life to live in a rundown New York City apartment. Each deals with life in their own way, occasionally causing disputes. There is the obvious love story, distress caused by growing up, dealing with people and the war. The disillusionment, the escapist attitude, the drugs, the violence of the time - these are portrayed through expressive film making.

Interwoven into the story, the Beatles' music seems written to connect with the names of some characters ("Hey Jude" and "Dear Prudence," for instance), public opinion of the time ("Revolution" and "Come Together") and life ("Helter Skelter"). The singing and song choices are wonderful, though there were a few other popular Beatles' songs which were disappointingly overlooked.

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The movie, as a whole, with all its facets and undertones, flows more smoothly than many musicals. The music is used to connect emotionally, as it should be.

"Across the Universe" is for Beatles lovers, musical lovers, and abstract lovers. Some mature content calls for an older audience, but the full effect would likely be lost on the younger viewer. "Across the Universe" is a truly powerful film.

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