Nowhere Boy Film Review

Stars: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne Marie-Duff
Director: Sam Taylor Wooden
Release Date: January 25, 2011
MPAA Score: R

John Lennon’s adolescent decades seemed like any other younger man’s of the time. He was making an attempt to figure out who he was, what he wished to do with his daily life, and, probably most importantly to him at the time, how to land women. He was insecure, like most people are at that stage in their lives. He was inclined to trigger hassle and generally created fun of other people to secure his fragile ego. He lived with his Aunt Mimi right after his mother deserted him when he was a younger kid. He failed to even know his sailor father, Alfred, right until right after he became a Beatle. In the course of his changeover into manhood, a significant event transpired in his daily life that would adjust him eternally: his mother, Julia, re-entered his daily life. This is the time period of Lennon’s daily life in which Nowhere Boy focuses.

John (Aaron Johnson of Kick-Ass) sees his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) at his Uncle George’s funeral and before long they re-hook up. Significantly to his shock, she has been living in going for walks length of where he lives with Aunt Mimi (a very reserved Kristin Scott Thomas). Recognizing that Aunt Mimi would disapprove of seeing Julia, they start to see every single other in secret. He is astonished to come across that his mother is outgoing, spontaneous and amazingly fun to be all around which is the precise opposite of his uptight substitute mother Aunt Mimi. The romance amongst mother and son grows and has nearly a flirtatious high-quality. This is weird, but Julia was known to be flirtatious with any individual and every person, even flirting with John’s teenaged close friends.

Julia and John share a appreciate for music and she teaches him how to engage in the banjo. His Aunt Mimi purchases him a guitar for his birthday and John Lennon is on his way to becoming just one of the most important names in rock and roll history. He sorts the Quarrymen with some schoolmates. He meets Paul McCartney right after the Quarrymen engage in a neighborhood gig and he before long joins the band. Paul introduces John to George Harrison who also joins the band. Paul and John bond speedily and start to compose their personal music.

Factors are hunting wonderful for John right until Aunt Mimi discovers he’s been sneaking visits to his mother’s household. Secrets from his past occur to the forefront and the real truth about his dad and mom leaves an impact on younger John that never ever goes absent. For any individual common with John Lennon’s early daily life, you know how sadly the tale finishes, but no spoilers here.

Even though Aaron Johnson will not particularly look or sound like John Lennon, he does seize the angst and pent up anger Lennon had in the course of that time. He does his personal singing, but appears extra like he’s making an attempt to impersonate Buddy Holly extra than Lennon. This isn’t really a bad thing seeing as when Lennon initially started off singing he tried out to impersonate both Holly and Elvis Presley and only later did he come across his personal voice. The supporting ladies, Anne-Marie Duff and Kristen Scott Thomas, both give effective performances. They been given nominations for Ideal Supporting Actress at this year’s BAFTAS, which is the British model of The Academy Awards. The initially time director Sam Taylor-Wooden was also nominated for Ideal Director and the movie was nominated for Ideal British Film.

Nowhere Boy is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The distinctive characteristics involve a earning of and a closer look at the forming of The Beatles, which the movie touches on, but never ever absolutely explores. Ultimately, nevertheless, you really don’t will need to be a Beatles lover to love the movie.

By Nancy McDonald