Just saw Across the Universe last night.
Surprisingly good! Some brilliant arrangements of Beatles songs. The actors did all their own vocals amazingly well, with the help of auto-tune in a way that only musicians will hear.
CD Baby artist Dana Fuchs stole the screen as Sadie, and there was a big scene with Bread and Puppet, who I know from my circus days. Martin Luther from the San Francisco area did an amazing job of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and if that was him doing a Jeff Beck style instrumental guitar melody to “Day in the Life” then I’m even more impressed.
Best thing was the creative re-contexting of songs, like “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” as Uncle Sam and Statue of Liberty as the I and She. A great reminder that context can change everything, another subject I should rant about some time.
Just don’t expect it to be a movie, really. It’s really more of a 2-hour music video with just a few bits of non-singing. Very worth seeing for anyone who appreciates great vocals, and new arrangements and contexts for the well-known songs.