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Nowhere Boy: The Untold Story of John Lennon and the Creation of The Beatles
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Everything about this film works. Not only because of a great cast of actors, but in the way that it captures the look and feel not only of Liverpool in the late 50's and early 60's, but also of the transitioning music scene of the period, dominated in the beginning by American jazz and rock & roll but soon to be overturned by what would be called (on our side of the pond anyway) as the British Invasion. One of the many remarkable achievements that Taylor-Wood manages to pull off in the film is the subtle way in which she shows Lennon starting with influences like Buddy Holly and Elvis but then slowly moving to create his own sound, particularly after he connects with an even younger Paul McCartney.
The performances of the entire cast are worthy of praise, but two I feel deserve special attention: Aaron Johnson as John Lennon, and Kristin Scott Thomas as his Aunt Mimi. Johnson was best known for his perfomance as the title character in the cult super-hero film Kick-Ass, but his immersion in Lennon's character in Nowhere Boy was so thorough that he was almost unrecognizable. Scott Thomas, a veteran actress of many films of note, including The English Patient, Four Weddings And A Funeral, and The Other Boleyn Girl, was more recognizable, but all the more remarkable for bringing off the very complex character of Lennon's Aunt Mimi, the woman who raised him from the age of five.Read more ›
"Nowhere boy" is a quaint film about the early years of John Lennon, in post war Liverpool where he lived until the age of eighteen with his aunt Mimi, a strict and austere woman, the epitome of British propriety, who loved John but whose uptight personality prevented her from expressing this with tenderness or words of love. The role of aunt Mimi is portrayed exceedingly well by Kristin Scott Thomas. Aaron Johnson is an impetuous, impulsive young Lennon whom we are introduced to as he is speeding past the streets of Liverpool, teasing the girls and taunting the boys. He is excellent as the conflicted young man, living in an environment which he finds stifling, not giving him room and scope to express his potential.
John lives with his aunt as his father left when he was five and he is unaware of the whereabouts of his mother. His aunt is disapproving of his rebellious and audacious character, being particularly exacerbated by his poor performance at school and the disrespect he shows towards his teachers. She has also kept secret from him that her sister, John's mother, lives only a mile away from his house. A friend takes him to his mother's where John is reacquainted with the woman he has not seen since the age of five. Julia, played by Ann Marie Duff, is a complete contrast to his reserved aunt Mimi. She is emotional and totally unreserved, expressive in her love and devotion, flighty and erratic in her character. She introduces John to Rock and Roll music, explaining that it expresses uninhibited sexuality.Read more ›
But while books have covered the difficulties that John Lennon had faced during his teenage years, no one really had details of his life. All we have heard was how he didn't have a mother, how he got into a lot of trouble and used that teenage angst to form the quarrymen, his first band which led him to one of the greatest musical collaborations and that was Lennon and Paul McCartney meeting, which followed with musician George Harrison joining them and of course, going on to Hamburg, Germany where along with Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best would go on to create the band, The Beatles (at the time, were a five-member band).
But for those who wondered about John Lennon's life, especially being raised by his Aunt Mimi and his troubled relationship with his mother Julia, it was not until 1989 where Lennon's half sister Julia Baird would write the book "John Lennon, My Brother" written with Giuliano and featured a foreword by Paul McCartney. In 2007, she followed up with a second book titled "Imagine This - Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon".
In 2009, a film adaptation based on Julia Baird's biography was created. The 2009 British-Canadian biopic focused on John Lennon's adolescence, how he learned to play the guitar, the creation of this first band The Quarrymen and how he would meet Paul McCartney. But also details about his mother and his Aunt Mimi, who raised Lennon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this movie. I would recommend to someone who likes documentaries and who likes John Lennon and the Beatles.Published 14 days ago by Arturo Hernandez
A bit difficult to understand the heavy Scouse accent in some parts, but that's my only complaint. Interesting insight into the troubled youth of John Lennon. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Audiophile
Great movie for any Beatles' fan interested in better understanding the genesis of the band. Well cast and acted.Published 1 month ago by mcder207
An excellent "coming of age" story on its own merit. Just so happens it's about John Lennon at age 15, with intros for Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter McHale
Very, very moving. Aaron Johnson's depiction of John Lennon was great. He was very convincing as John. This movie will stay close to my heart!Published 1 month ago by Patty Scrimpshire
I am a big Beatles fan but always had mixed feelings about John. He was obviously a great musician and showman. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John A. Johnson