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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 ›
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Great movie. Not entirely factually accurate, but still good to watch.Published 14 days ago by Randall Faraday
Chris Eccleston is an acting genus and he proves it with this film. This film is very accurate and Eccleston just breaths life into this story about the late and great John Lennon. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jake
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 6 months ago by lumpinfoot
Lennon Naked is a television biographical film focusing on the life of John Lennon between 1967 and 1971. Read morePublished 14 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 17 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 21 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 on April 18, 2014 by Joe Macnab