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Nowhere Boy, A DP/30 Double Feature

In honor of John Lennon’s 70th birthday (on Saturday), the actor and the director who bring him to life in this thoughtful film.

Star Aaron Johnson

Director Sam Taylor-Wood

One Response to “Nowhere Boy, A DP/30 Double Feature”

  1. leahnz says:

    i don’t want to sound lewd or one-track-minded, but ‘nowhere boy’ came out here what seems like ages ago now, just after i’d learned aaron and taylor-wood were together (not to mention one up the duff), and it slanted my view of the film in that much of the time my inner perv radar was going off, like, ‘yowza she’s lingering awfully long and hard on those eyelashes/delicately lit perfect skin/angles of his lovely face/body/hair’. of course i may have read more into it than was there, but i couldn’t shake the feeling of how lovingly aaron was being photographed/depicted, the quiet, lingering sensuality of some of the shots…(which helped to set the intimate tone of the story, had it not seemed almost fawning to me)

    it’s not like there haven’t been other (usually male) directors enamored/in love/lust with their leads and about whose real life relationships i’ve known, which inevitably coloured my interpretation of a film, but this was the most preoccupying (and i don’t particularly fancy aaron past acknowledging that he’s a fine looking lad, so it’s not i was personally getting my jollies). if anybody else observes a certain ‘obsession’ with the lead when viewing this movie please say something so i don’t feel like such a weirdo — tho the male skew of this blog may render that a lot to ask, so not to worry

    anyway re: ‘nowhere boy’, i thought the musical sequences, though hardly the heart of the movie, were simple and effective, and johnson managed to invoke young lennon in his own perhaps prettier/softer way – at certain moments appearing startlingly young lennon-like and at others not at all; but really the melancholy heart of the story isn’t john’s musical roots but rather his family roots, the hardships, loss and loneliness he endured but didn’t deal with particularly well (nor did anybody else around him for that matter), and most importantly the complex and at times difficult but ultimately tenacious bond of love and forgiveness between mothers and sons (and the incarnations this can take/consequences it creates), of wanting to feel like you are part of a family, that you belong somewhere. in this regard, although the writing is a bit undercooked in places, i found the movie’s title quite fitting. at times wistful and touching (and also a bit shocking, esp. as someone who was unfamiliar with certain events in lennon’s childhood)

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