This movie was a very poignant portrayal of John Lennon's early life. Very sad in many aspects. Just shows that a rotten start in life doesn't necessarily mean you are doomed.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film - was surprised to learn of John Lennon's troubled upbringing, thought the acting was good.
Terrific performance from the lead and not sure why we haven't seen more of him. An intersting insight into the early life of John Lennon. Not sure how accurate it is, but he was a lost soul and a bit of a troublemaker. Just lucky Paul came along, it seems. Very evocative of the era and has a few moments where you wish you had been there, such as John and Paul playing together for the first time.
A must for Lennon fans, was very interesting.
This movie seemed pretty authentic. I found out a lot I didn't know about Lennon.
The acting was excellent. Welll worth a watch.
Dramatisation of the early life of John Lennon before the rise of The Beatles. Hints at an almost incestuous relationship between mother and son. Well done with extras including interviews with a couple of the original Quarrymen. 3.5 stars
Entertaining and well acted film. Fans of the beatles will get a lot more from this film than the casual viewer
A side to Lennons life not covered previously. A must for Lennon fans.
Really enjoyed this movie. It is not about The Beatles, it is about John Lennons teenage years where he is indeed a lost soul. Very sad.
Enjoyed this look at his life before the Beatles.
Really good Sunday afternoon movie...I had no idea Lennon's life was so complex...and I had no idea he knew McCartney at such a young age! Definitely worth a look!
Interesting and I felt sorry for the young John but the film didn't grab me.
A flat heartless film showing the struggle of a genius
I really enjoyed this film. The actor in the role of John Lennon did not look like John, but there was definitely something special about what he put into the part. He plays and sings - it has not been dubbed. Kristin Scott Thomas looked like Aunt Mimi. Julia (John's mother) was wilder than I imagined, but it all makes sense. The actor playing Paul McCartney did a splendid job too. He was better than I expected, and I think he nailed the part of Paul.
this is a terrific movie giving a great insight into the early years of John Lennon and the begining of his relationship with Paul. This story investigates the relationship he has with his bi-polar mother and his loving aunt mimi . Certainly well worth the watching for music and movie lovers , with just the correct mix of music involved.
A fairly unemotional, and I assume close to factual, recreation of events in John Lennon's early life.
I liked this movie if you follow the beatles and want to see how John Lennons life started from the early years this is the movie to see,
Generally a well made movie, and attentive to details well known to Beatles fans. However the Lennon actor is so unlike the original, it's very hard to get into! I don't mean just his looks (although they could at least dye his hair right??) but he didn't get the mannerisms etc. The end result is a very tame version of Lennon I have to say. More like Paul, I reckon... and the child actor playing Paul would've been better off playing George ;)
I thought this was a great movie. Gives you more of an insight on where John Lennon came from. Things you may not have known. Well cast and well written.
This was a fantastic film, a great insight into where John Lennon got a lot of musical inspiration from and his rebellious nature. At times i forgot who the movie was about it was so good and great filming,great actors. Not just for John Lennon fans this one is great for the family with older kids -( not young kids because of sex scene and swearing and a little too much drama for them) .
I liked this movie and would recommend it.
Excellent bio-pic of early ten years of John Lennon. Aaron Johnson (who is, also, brilliant as "Kick Ass") was well cast and Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne Marie Duff as the "mothers" were superb. Difficult at first to pick up the heavily accented dialogue. You may need the "Subtitles for hearing impared" for the first 5 minutes. Recommended.
This movie is very powerful and intense. This in depth account of John Lennons teenage years and family troubles, is moving and exciting. Aaron Johnson plays Lennon so well, portraying his rough, Londener character to a T. A great movie.
I really enjoyed this film. Great insight into John Lennon's adolescence. Its really thanks to his Mum that he became the musician that he became. A great way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon.
A story of two rather odd, neurotic and yet ordinary sisters in conflict over a child-cum-teenager is hardly the stuff of great movies. Except that the child, which one gave up and was raised by the other, was John Lennon. The film gives some hints about how he got to be who he became, but not nearly enough. Overall, interesting, but not a great movie.
I guess you can review this movie with 2 perspectives, 1 if you are Beatles fan and have a sound knowledge of the band prior to them coming together or if you just know the band for their legendary status. For me it was the latter.
Which left me feeling a little dissapointed as i found the movie to be somewhat depressing. Certainly a story well told and its acting is brilliant but i really didnt like the character of John Lennon he comes across as bit of a knob !! The casting of Paul McCartney seemed strange and didnt seem pivotal to the story along with the introduction of Gerorge Harrisson. There's lots of fighting and tragedy so its certainly not a feel good movie
and it ends quite suddnely, but no doubt for hardcore Beatles fans it ends at the beginning.
If you are looking for an insight into the Beatles its not there, if youre looking to celebrate the man and to get an insight into Mr Lennon most definitelty.
its my fault i didnt enjoy the movie as much as i hoped as i was expecting a diffferent type of movie. Its still a solid watch though.
Its good to see a portrayal of the people who surrounds those who achieve great.