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Feature 7.2
Video 7.6
Audio 7.5
Special Features 7.0
Total 7.3
Distributor: Icon
Classification: M15+
Minutes:
Reviewer: Simon O'Donnell

7.3


Nowhere Boy

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.

Unbeknown to 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 Ďní roll.

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!

Special Features

Lennon's Liverpool
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
Deleted scenes
Photo gallery






 
 



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