NOWHERE BOY.BIOPIC OF THE YOUNG JOHN LENNON.

Nowhere Boy
Artists-turned-film-maker Sam Taylor-Wood’s biopic of the young John Lennon is warm, involving and very human.

Where other artists-turned-film-makers stamp their creative credentials over every tortured frame, with her feature debut Sam Taylor-Wood does something unexpectedly unfashionable. Not for her the experiments of Steve McQueen’s Hunger or the impressionistic photography of Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She focuses on the basics: production design, screenplay and, crucially, performance. While Nowhere Boy, her biopic of the young John Lennon, is not the most daring or experimental piece of work you’ll see, it is warm, involving and very human.

Playing Lennon is 19-year-old Aaron Johnson.The movie-star good looks are not strictly authentic, but Johnson captures something of Lennon’s chippy, abrasive wit and his mercurial aggression. The story explores Lennon’s relationships with two very different women. Kristin Scott Thomas is terrific as Aunt Mimi, the model of brittle, British propriety and the young John’s guardian. John’s long-lost mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) is an unpredictable, alluring creature. She scatters kisses and compliments like confetti, and woos John with a flirtatious intimacy.

In this solidly middle-brow picture, evocative production design and eloquent use of colour — Mimi stern in beige and brown; Julia riotous in red and orange — hints at Taylor-Wood’s artistic background. But the impressive performances suggest that the most useful talent that she brings to field as a film-maker is a gift for working magic with actors.

the Times review of Nowhere Boy.

Trailer-Nowhere Boy.

A still from the film.

In Spite Of All The Danger taken from Nowhere Boy

a must for all lovers of John Lennon.

KEEP OFF THE GRASS.

RUBBER SOUL WAS THE TRANSITION.THERE IT SITS,BETWEEN THE R&B-TINGED POP OF HELP! AND THE
BREATHTAKING KALEIDOSCOPE THAT WAS REVOLVER.ALL THREE ALBUMS WERE RELEASED IN THE SPACE OF A YEAR,A DEAL OF WORK AND RATE OF PROGRESS AWESOME IN ANY CONTEXT.MOP-TOPS NO LONGER,AT LEAST NOT IN THEIR OWN EYES,THE BEATLES HAD BECOME A STUDIO BAND BEFORE ANYONE KNEW WHAT THAT MEANT.WHILE THEY MAY HAVE COME TO DESPISE THE COMMERCIAL PRESSURES PUT UPON THEM BY EMI(AND BRIAN EPSTEIN) THEY FLOURISHED UNDER THEM,FOR TO FLINCH IN THE FACE OF A CHALLENGE WAS SIMPLY NOT IN THE BEATLES MAKE-UP.
FOR EASY DEFINITION,RUBBER SOUL IS THE POT ALBUM.DYLAN HAD TURNED ON THE BEATLES IN 1964,AND THEIR CONSIDERABLE INTAKE THROUGHOUT THE FILMING OF HELP! EARLIER IN 1965 IS WELL ESTABLISHED.THE COVER PHOTO-YET ANOTHER REVOLUTIONARY IMAGE,NATURALLY-SHOWS THE FABS STANDING AMONG RHODODENDRON BUSHES;LEAVES OF A MORE VARIEGATED,ILLEGAL KIND WOULD HAVE BEEN OPPOSITE.
RINGO HAS SINCE SAID THAT THE BEATLES PROFFERED NOT TO WORK HIGH,BUT THAT THEY TOOK THEIR HIGH EXPERIENCES INTO THE STUDIO.THIS ALBUM IS PROOF.THE VISION,THE ARTICULATION,THE KNOWINGNESS-ARE ALL ROOTED IN GRASS,BUT THE MANIFESTATION IS CLEAR HEADED ECONOMICAL AND PURPOSEFUL.THE ALBUM IS A PARTICULAR TRIUMPH FOR JOHN LENNON.UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DYLAN,DOPE AND A FEW LUMPS OF ACID,HIS CREATIVITY WAS IN FULL FLOW,MARKED BY SONGS OF UTTER BRILLIANCE AND MATURITY,DEPTH AND INTELLIGENCE-NOWHERE MAN,NORWEGIAN WOOD,GIRL,IN MY LIFE.THANKS TO JOHN HIMSELF,THIS LATER WENT DOWN AS HIS FAT ELVIS PERIOD.

The Beatles – Nowhere Man (Live in Japan 1966)

The Beatles – Norwegian Wood

the beatles – girl


FOUR LADS FROM LIVERPOOL WHO SHOOK THE WORLD.