Monday, March 10, 2008

Across the universe

"Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world
Nothing's gonna change my world"

if there's one movie that you need to see at least for this week, it has to be Across the universe.

"A love story set against the backdrop of the 1960s amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll, the film moves from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam. The star-crossed lovers, Jude (Jim Sturgess) and Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), along with a small group of friends and musicians, are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with “Dr. Robert” (Bono) and “Mr. Kite” (Eddie Izzard) as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy – against all odds – to find their own way back to each other."

i am not good at movie reviews but i can tell you that i really enjoyed this film, from the very impressive opening credits to the music (of The Beatles, no less) to the singing and the acting and the amazing use of colors and elements, to the explosion of weirdness and how it was used and weaved to create that psychedelic feel, it was wonderfully weird!

"Let me take you down,
'cause I'm going to Strawberry Fields.
Nothing is real and nothing to get hung about.
Strawberry Fields forever"

i am a fan of the Beatles (though not at the level that knows every story behind each song, just a fan) and this musical is sure a fan-pleaser. i cannot speak for those who loved (and continue loving) the original arrangements, but for this member of the eraserheads generation, i just love the fresh takes on those Beatles' classics.

"Is there anybody gone to listen to my story
All about the girl who came to stay?
She's the kind of girl you want so much
It makes you sorry;
Still, you don't regret a single day.
Ah girl! Girl."

except for the lead actress Lucy, all the actors were neophyte or at least doesn't have that huge movie/hollywood credentials. the guy who played Jude auditioned for the role and Julie Taymor, the director, knew that it would be him the first time she saw him, and what a voice this Jude guy has, not the operatic/poppy type but a rock band vocalist which is suprisingly pleasant and the Beatles songs just fit him right. and he's not a john lennon/paul macartney wannabe either.

one more thing, the character Prudence was played by a Filipina, T.V. Carpio (what a name!).

across the universe is perhaps the best musical i've seen since Moulin Rouge (or maybe because i haven't seen too many musicals since Moulin Rouge) and although my words may not be enough to describe how remarkable this film was, i still encourage you to see it, showing exclusively at Glorietta 4 and Greenbelt 3 theaters (go to for schedule).

and don't forget the soundtrack!!!!

click here for the trailer.

"There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It's easy.

There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be in time
It's easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love"

All together now...


vernaloo said...

ohhhhh goodieeee! nakakita na ako ng pirated nyan hahaha ang sama eh noh.

Anyway si Bianca Gonzales ni-recommend din yan sa blog nya (nakilevel ka??? hehe). Musical Bono as in Bono from U2? U2 as in the brand name? hehe just messing

Seriously panoorin ko nga yan (sa pirated nga lang)...

Toe said...

Ako din parang si Vernaloo! Sa pirated ko din papanoorin. :) Pirated DVD channel nga lang... dito kc... there's a cable channel which shows new films... tapos pirated yung copy nila... hahaha! :) But it really looks interesting. :)



di ko alam na merong film na ganito.. check ko kaya sa amazon mamaya... di pa kc lumalabas ang trailer niyan d2.. anw, ginutom ako sa thai food trip mo (previous posts)

atticus said...

hehe. si angel directo minahal din ang musical na iyan. sige nga, assignment ko iyan.

manilenya said...

I guess I have to watch that movie..pangalawang blog na to na nakita ko na gusto yang movie na yan.. I saw it in ate sienna's blog

I am a fan of Beatles too..tulad mo hindi ganun kafanatic pero I love their songs..lumaki ako sa ganyang mga music since mahilig sa musika ang tatay ko.. makinig lang ha lol!!

meron akong medyo nakakapraning na moment kapag tumutogtog yan sa player ko, feeling ko kumakanta ang beatles with their itsura nung kasikatan nila at ako nasa isang table sa harapan ni John Lennon... at ..di sya tumitingin sa akin pero para siyang mtv

hehehe baliw ako baliw lol!
ganun ng ganun ang pakiramdam ko kapag naririnig ko sya ng buong buo :)

nothing's gonna change my world :)

zherwin said...

verns, kasi great minds think alike hehehe. at yes, bono as in U2 the band (yung U2 shirt peborit ko yun, kaso phased out na at pinalitan na ng blu).

zherwin said...

toe, ang saya-saya naman dyan, tipid sa sine! buti di nare-raid yung pirated channel na yan hehehe. aware kaya ang US sa ganyang set up dyan?

zherwin said...

kris jasper, di ko alam kung napalabas na ba ng UK ang film na to pero sa US September 2007 pa sya pinalabas, buti nga nakarating ng pilipinas eh hehehe.

salamat sa pagbisita, balik ka ulit. :)

zherwin said...

atticus, o di ba ang dami naming namangha sa musical na ito? nuod na!

zherwin said...

manilenya, beatles forever!!!!

alam mo bang sa movie, ginamit yang kantang yan nung nagre-reflect-reflect emote sya tungkol sa buhay-buhay nya? at sakay sya ng tren nun ha, tapos me moment sya na parang "ako ang yung konsensya", ganun hehehe.

wag itong palampasin.

Ken said...

I love the movie too and downloaded the soundtrack right away after seeing it.

BTW TV Carpio is half Pinoy. Her mom is a Hong Kong star and is Chinese :-).

ipanema said...

i love that song and have been reading good reviews about it. thanks for sharing and the visit. :)

Panaderos said...

Great write-up. Am a big fan of the Beatles too as you may have noticed from my avatar. :D I haven't seen the movie but am now seriously considering watching it. Thanks again. :)

zherwin said...

ken, thanks for the info, i didn't know that.

zherwin said...

ipanema, when you watch this, you will sing along with the characters, trust me, i did. :)

zherwin said...

panaderos, you have to see it. i think they already released the two-discs dvd so you can find it at the nearest record bar/s or video shops

Rudy said...

Oops, nakalampas itong musical sa radar ko ah! Embarrassing for someone coming from the Beatles generation...

zherwin said...

rudy, hindi pa huli ang lahat, showing pa rin ito sa glorietta 4, i guess hanggang wednesday next week :)

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