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    Finally got a chance to see this and I have to say that it was very cool. I am not so much a fan of musicals, but I have always liked Beatles music so this was a real pleasure to watch. If you are even a minor fan of the Fab Fours' music, you will enjoy this movie. It gave me a new appreciation for their talent as songwriters.
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    Well, guess you can guess I was am a Beatles fan and most definitely a John Lennon fan.
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    Loved it too. Could see Julie Taymore's hand all over this work. Enjoyed Bono's turn as some kind of psychedelic hippie leader.

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    I enjoyed the movie as a nice escape, wrapped up in familiar Beatles tunes, and set in a time period that was influential in my own life. My favorite sequence was at the Army induction center, beginning with the famous Uncle Sam poster coming to life for "I Want You," and continuing through the incredible dance sequence of the identically-dressed military processors.
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    Enjoyed Bono's turn as some kind of psychedelic hippie leader.
    However, I am continually surprised at the film reviewers who keep describing his sequence as "the most realistic representation of an acid trip ever put on film." Without revealing too much of my past, can I just say that I disagree with that? I don't know that other films have done it better, but I didn't find it particularly "realistic." (Then again, "reality" and "acid trips" don't really co-exist.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Lakio View Post
    However, I am continually surprised at the film reviewers who keep describing his sequence as "the most realistic representation of an acid trip ever put on film." Without revealing too much of my past, can I just say that I disagree with that? I don't know that other films have done it better, but I didn't find it particularly "realistic." (Then again, "reality" and "acid trips" don't really co-exist.)
    I definitely would never say that I enjoyed the movie for its depiction of a real acid trip. I have no idea what acid is like and never intend to find out. I just liked seeing Bono in that role since I wasn't expecting it.

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    Across the Universe was the movie my BF and I saw on our first date and being fans of the Beatles, we enjoyed it.

    One of my favorite scenes and songs from the movie (placed in a Spoiler cut):



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    Quote Originally Posted by Lei Liko View Post
    (Prudence) singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand"
    Who knew that it could be such a poignant love song? That was favorite of ours as well.

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    I just watched this flick at home with my fiancee and thought it was pretty decent. The interpretations of some of the songs was... interesting to say the least.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the lead actor ("Jude") in "21" at the end of the month.
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    It sure beats Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. That movie was a mess.
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    When I saw the trailer I figured oh GAWD but when it made its way onto DVD I was dying to see it and since it was #1 on my Netflix Queue it seemed like enternity to get it.

    The wait was worth it and I dug that psychedelic bus ride and intersting names of the 2 main characters.

    I dug a cameo of a certain music artist that appears a couple of times during a certain number.
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    The final moments of ATU just made me happy w/ glee

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    Loved the film - but a more telling review comes from my two teenaged daughters, one of whom doesn't particularly like the Beatles. They both loved it. Nice job of making a movie that can appeal to such a wide range. Loved the husky blues voice on the woman who played Sadie. Would love to see her playing a club.

    Bono was very good (I liked how the character was a bit of an egotistical jerk - typecasting anyone?), but I enjoyed seeing the other 'certain artist' referenced in the post above more.
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    Maddie and I watched it on her big screen last night and she was berserk with excitement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buzz1941 View Post
    ...she was berserk with excitement.
    This is my favorite phrase of the year thus far!

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    I really enjoyed it.
    Was well done IMO.
    The corresponding scenes going along with the Beatles music well.
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