The Killing of John Lennon
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Mark David Chapman, a 25 year old security guard in Hawaii, bought a plane ticket to New York with the intention of killing the world's greatest musician and dreamer: The Beatles' John Lennon. Camping outside Lennon's apartment in New York waiting for an autograph, Chapman's childlike obsession with this "celebrity phony" descends into madness. Both gritty and dreamy, The Killing Of John Lennon is a stunning examination of a stalker's mind just before the kill.
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CHAPTER 27 is by far, the better of the 2 movies, hands down. Jared Leto gained weight for the role, and really seemed to become Mark David Chapman (Lennon's killer), even down to his slight southern accent and his mannerisms. It covers only the 3 days that Chapman was in NYC right before the murder, and ends shortly after the killing. The movie was just the right length (about 90 minutes), and had me emotionally engaged. The ending scene had me crying, followed by being creeped out (watch it and you'll see what I mean). I found it to be a powerful, well made movie.
THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON movie, on the other hand, seemed overlong (it's about 2 hours long), disjointed, and elicited no emotional response from me. And that's saying something. If you can't get me to cry over the murder of John Lennon, something is wrong with your movie. The movie starts 3 months before the murder, at Chapman's home in Hawaii, and continues after the murder through his imprisonment and trial. Jonas Ball, as Mark David Chapman, does not seem to embody the character at all. He is thin, looks nothing like him, and does not even attempt a southern accent. He was not believable, and this is the main reason I felt detached from the movie.
In my opinion, if you only watch one of these, go for CHAPTER 27.
Very factually accurate for the most part. A good bit trippy and ethereal. Attendant trippy, ethereal sound score.
This is a biopic about the alleged, admitted killer. It is not a documentary. Lennon fans should be aware that this film is NOT about Lennon.
It is about the man who says he shot John Lennon.
It glorifies, to some degree, the admitted killer.
And if he is as narcissistic as the journalists and authors who have interviewed him claim he is,
he would be proud.
[AUTHOR: Alleged, admitted killer's name *purposely* not stated for two reasons: #1) Not deserving (in this author's opinion)
#2) To demonstrate to other writers how to construct an article while omitting a name that deserves no mention.]
finally after "a few" years i ordered it on the intweb. and i tore open the packaging, popped it in the disc player and bing, bang, boom i fell in love all over again.