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But, as evidenced by hours upon hours of audio and video footage, Lennon was an interesting, good humored, intensely creative person. None of that is portrayed in Lennon Naked. The film chooses to focus exclusively on the most depressing, least flattering aspects of Lennon's personality. We don't see him writing songs, playing guitar, or recording music.
The basic "plot" finds Lennon dealing with his father, who abandoned him as a child, returning to his life. After years of not seeing him, Freddie Lennon tries to re-establish a relationship with his son. The results are mixed, as Lennon hasn't forgiven him. During all of this, we see that Lennon treats his own son Julian roughly the same way.
I loved Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who. Not only is he laughably old to be playing Lennon as 20something man (Eccleston is 46, six years older than Lennon at the time of his death), he looks nothing like him. He does a passable vocal impersonation but otherwise does very little to evoke Lennon.
Some scenes reenact press conferences that the real actual footage of is readily available (in far worthier films like the 1988 documentary "Imagine: John Lennon"). In all cases, the actual footage is FAR more compelling than the staged versions. In other words, with so many documentary films existing about Lennon there is little reason to bother with this sad movie.
For me, the primary reason for watching "Lennon Naked" is Christopher Eccleston's uncompromising performance (even if he's a bit old at the outset). Never does the screenplay try to endear us to Lennon or soften his edges. I found that to be the most refreshing aspect of the picture. Eccleston has literally and figuratively stripped down Lennon and presents us with a man very difficult to like, and in doing so has created something that feels very real. Ultimately, though, your appreciation with "Lennon Naked" will be determined by your expectations. There is surprisingly little actual biography--just snippets of a life lived. This is a character piece in which Lennon systematically pushes everyone away from him with a standoffishness that is surprisingly candid. It is the self-indulgent artist versus the world, at least until Yoko shows up.Read more ›
As another reviewer writes here, to me and what I know of John and his life, public and private, he was a complicated person, full of extremes. His talent and intelligence was unquestionable. His emotional side ran the gamete from nasty and very self-involved to very loving and giving of himself. He was, or acted like he was a little crazy. True artists, musicians and actors are often eccentric and self-absorbed. It seems go with the territory.
We know from all the other media about his life that John was not perfect but I think like many of us, he strove to be... to give something back. He was VERY human, and his life, by choice as well as not, has been well documented on film (home movies as well as professional footage,) books and interviews of those that knew him best!
So why would we need a semi-fictional biopic of this nature unless it had to do with money? Why was this film necessary for the director and producers to produce?
Upon reflection, I wonder what the purpose really was in making this film? Was this made in search of a new artistic angle in which to view Lennon's life, or in search of money? Did the film makers have a contractual necessity to make it? Were they behind the 8-ball and had to produce something the BBC could promote? I have to keep asking myself, what was the intention? What was the point?
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Really terrible. Make John Lennon look really bad.Shows no humour in him. Just shows us a terrible guy with no redeeming features. Hard to watch. Read morePublished 28 days ago by lumpinfoot
Lennon Naked is a television biographical film focusing on the life of John Lennon between 1967 and 1971. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Desertman84
Focusing on the negative aspects of John's personality, I found it to be a heart-wrenching angle looking at the psychological damage of early loss in his life. Read morePublished 11 months ago by kratom capsules
Fantastic performances. A great view into what it's like to be a huge celebrity. I suspect low stars for this are somewhat a function of how big a fan older viewers are of Lennon,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amanda McWilliams
This is a terrible movie. If you never knew anything about John Lennon, you would have a hard time getting through this film. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Joe Macnab
on general principle i'm all in favor of the warts-and-all approach, but there's such a thing as too many warts and not enought "all. Read morePublished on January 28, 2014 by jude pepper
My husband and I enjoyed this DVD very much. If you are a John Lennon fan then you really should watch this.Published on February 6, 2013 by J. makar
Chris was great in this role, however dramatized or factual it may or may not have been. I twas very well written and moved along well.Published on December 24, 2012 by Michael Eller