I just watched Julie Taymor's Across the Universe.
I had avoided seeing it in theaters. I'm glad that I did.
The music of the Beatles means quite a bit to me. It means quite a bit to a great many people.
Why is it then that something so wonderful, so universal, so timeless as the Beatles music is reduced to the level of an '80s music video starring the cast of the O.C., even in the hands of someone as creative as Julie Taymor? Why is it that in 2009 theater and film have so little understanding of the true power of rock & roll?
Watching Across the Universe is for fans of the Beatles' music like listening to Dustin Hoffman on the soundtrack album of Lenny. I just can't see any reason for it to exist. If you liked the original, you'll loathe the re-creation. If you didn't like or are indifferent to the original work, you won't care. So who is it for?