Flower children of all ages will bloom while watching the new musical film, “Across the Universe.” And for those of you who are looking to take yourselves back to the’60s, this movie will serve as your time machine. There is hardly a band of the times that challenges The Beatles, and their music permeates the film.
My friends and I walked into the theater humming some Beatles songs. By the end, we were singing to them, along with the rest of the audience. Spectators were cheering for the protagonists and booing the antagonists — everyone was totally into it. The beautiful story and powerful camera angles drew me in within the first scene. Throughout the movie, bold and brilliant messages were presented through dance, psychedelic images, captivating special effects, and plain old hippies.
Choreographed by Julie Taymor (who is famous for the Broadway production of “The Lion King”), the film leads the viewer through a world of magic buses and blooming artists, and the actors and actresses sweep you away.
The interpretations of the Beatles’ songs are amazing, and beautifully portrayed. From the bombs of Vietnam to the protests against them, the spontaneous-feeling scenes will make you feel like you’re surrounded with the epic grandeur of the 1960s.
The movie portrays a realistic view of the revolution of the era, presenting even the dark side of it. Yearning for the war in Vietnam to end and the draft to disappear, some revolutionaries even became violent for peace, an irony offered in the movie.
The audience was taken into the characters’ individual lives to see how the war affected them, such as being moved to burn draft cards or “see God” through hallucinogens. Elements like this symbolize the efforts that the people were so passionate about, including the willingness to risk their lives in riots and protests.
Though the film has powerful and depressing elements, it is filled with hilarious and mind-blowing scenes and, overall, will make you really believe, “All You Need Is Love.”
— Anya Rossa-Quade
Anya Rossa-Quade, a junior at Arroyo Grande High School, loves to write and watch films with her friends.
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