Sam Taylor Wood
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Imagine... John Lennon's childhood. Liverpool, 1955: a smart and troubled fifteen-year-old is hungry for experience. In a family full of secrets, two incredible women clash over John (Aaron Johnson): Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas), the buttoned-up aunt who raised him, and Julia (Anne-Marie Duff), the prodigal mother. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into the new and exciting world of rock 'n' roll where his fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie Sangster). Just as John begins his new life, tragedy strikes. But a resilient young man finds his voice - and an icon explodes into the world.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 136
- Fresh: 108
- Rotten: 28
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: The reason to see Nowhere Boy is the charismatic Johnson, who effortlessly nails Lennon's strut, anger and sensitivity. Anybody seeing the movie could surely spot a star in the making.
Fresh: Director Sam Taylor-Wood weaves this tale with elegance, spot-on costumes and production design, and finely tuned casting.
Rotten: Taylor-Wood has specialized in video installations and off-kilter portraits, and it was tempting to hope that her take on Lennon would unsettle and provoke. Instead, she stays resolutely on-kilter, as if awed into numbness by her subject.
Fresh: To watch Nowhere Boy is to appreciate anew both the anger that drove Lennon and the strength of character it took for him to overcome it.
I love Nowhere Boy.
First of all, I absolutely love the Beatles, as well as John Lennon. Second of all, I absolutely love Aaron Johnson, so, as you can guess, I absolutely love this movie. It really helped me to understand all the hardship that John Lennon endured, as well as his love for music. This movie made me appreciate his music that much more. It inspired me to pick up my guitar and play some Beatles on it. This movie is so touching, and the feeling it gives you inside is indescribable.
A must see movie.
Being a huge Beatles fan, I couldn't wait to see this. All I really cared about at first was the music, but I was amazed at how good the acting and directing was. Not only that, but I learned so much about John Lennon. He has an amazing life story that translates to the screen flawlessly. This is easily on my favorites list. So, Beatles fan or not, I strongly suggest that you watch this film because you will most likely gain a great respect for Lennon and the rest of the Quarrymen.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2010
- © 2009 Lennon Films Limited, Channel Four Television Corporation and UK Film Council. All Rights Reserved.
- Nowhere Boy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
- Various Artists