Julie Taymor’s 2007 musical masterpiece Across The Universe dominates my top ten list. Never before or since have I left a theatre wearing unabashed joy from ear to ear. Gob smacked patrons bound by a collective aura of measurable energy, stepped out with enlightened strides of purpose. Wikipedia link below details the premise, misses the magic –
ATU opens with soft footsteps – a love story set in 1960’s America, unknown actors singing Beatles songs. Captivated by cinematography and stunning Beatles covers, audience members barely notice Taymor’s seamless punch of trans formative anti war and civil rights protest. Riveted to our seats, witness to the glaring relevance of Vietnam era America in our modern world. Brilliant. If you haven’t seen it, make a point of seeking it out. I get goosebumps watching this –
Sunday often ends with a musical ponder. In keeping with civil rights, a topic weighing heavily on my mind as the 50th anniversary of America signing the first Civil Rights Act on July 2, 1964 approaches – a short clip from Across The Universe.
Across The Universe – directed by Julie Taymor, released in 2007, Oscar nominated for best musical (lost to Sweeney Todd) – not just my favorite musical, it rates as one of my top movies of all time. On the surface a love story based on music of the Beatles, set in the era of Vietnam and Civil Rights protests. What it delivers – a razor sharp statement on war and civil rights, as relevant today as in 1968. A link to the full movie….
People I know either love this movie or don’t get it for reasons I’m unable to comprehend. Across the Universe is one of those films that makes you leave the theatre with a grin from ear to ear. Released in 2007 after delays and controversy, director Julie Taymor’s masterpiece faded into obscurity; dead end Golden Globe and Oscar nominations did little to bolster appreciation for what I can honestly say is one of the best musicals in modern history.