Across the Universe

Across the Universe

When Julie Taymor’s musical homage to the hippy era came out at the end of September it received terrible reviews and slipped off cinema screens quicker than you could say ‘all you need is love’. Taymor has previous form for daring to film the unfilmable with her work on 1999’s Titus, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s ultra-violent tragedy, and 2002’s Frida, a biopic of the enigmatic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Across the Universe is not in the same class as either of these films, but if you’re mad keen on Beatles songs, cringy retro dialogue (courtesy of veteran British screenwriter Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais) and painful literalism (the two main characters played by Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood are called Jude and Lucy), then this could be your bag.

Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Tue 11–Thu 13 Dec.

Across the Universe

  • 4 stars
  • 2007
  • US
  • 133 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Julie Taymor
  • Written by: Julie Taymor, Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais
  • Cast: Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther McCoy, T V Carpio

Fascinatingly offbeat musical from renowned stage and screen director Taymor. This love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s anti-war protests moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the psychedelic enclave of Greenwich Village and beyond as star-crossed lovers, Jude (Sturgess) and Lucy (Wood) immerse themselves…


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