Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood and starring Aaron Johnson, Kristin
Scott-Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff, Thomas Brodie Sangster and Sam Bell
Rating, Nowhere Boy revolves around a young John Lennon that is set in
Liverpool during the 1950ís.
Although it brings up the inspiration of
his music, the main theme of Nowhere Boy is the strange relationships
that surrounded Lennon due to the fact that his mother abandoned him as
a child, only to be raised by his stoic aunt.
We are introduced to Aaron
Johnson as Lennon, a 15-year old who has been shaped by his aunt Mini
(Kristin Scott-Thomas) who uses discipline as her tool of choice. This
of course, causes John to rebel, hence his immergence as a rock star but
to complicate his life, his mother Julia returns into the picture
which causes him to re-evaluate his relationships in life.
John, his mother actually lived quite close to him and he decides to cause
problems for his aunt when he decides to rekindle his relationship with
her. John soon discovers that Julia has a myriad of mental problems, not
to mention her promiscuous nature but even so, Julia managed to instil
that rebel streak into a young Lennon which only fuels his love for rock
Although the story is quite passionate, the links to the
Beatles are tenuous at best, however we are treated to Paul McCartney
(Thomas Brodie Sangster) and George Harrison (Sam Bell) which is a nod
of the hat from the director.
Itís an interesting story about the life
of Lennon, although personally I would of like to have seen more of his
musical talents, rather than his rebellious nature or ďladies manĒ
attitude. Nonetheless, itís a well directed and acted film that Iím sure
many Beatles fans will want to get their hands on. The video and audio
quality is nothing spectacular but it does compliment the era of when
this move was suppose to take place.
Check it out!
The Re-Creation of Lennon and The Quarrymen
Anatomy of a Scene - 'That's when I stole him'
The Making of 'Nowhere Boy'
Interview with Director Sam Taylor-Wood
Director's audio commentary