Breaking wind inside a letterbox
New on DVD: For all six people who get warm and fuzzy thinking about All This and World War II, Beatlemania and Robert Stigwood’s Sgt. Pepper movie, Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe (2007) is occasionally engaging nonsense set in The Sixties to Beatles songs. They’re not the original fab four recordings, but newcomers of passable vocal skill spilling over tacky American Idol-style accompaniment — elevator music for tin ears. Clocking in at a bloated 133 minutes and taking itself way too seriously, the picture comes to life only in fleeting moments of unintended self parody. The whole thing nearly seems an homage to the Jacques Demy and Michel Legrand collaborations of the period, but possesses the thumping inelegance of an Andrew Lloyd Webber monstrosity. Brace yourself for unnecessary cameos by Joe Cocker (the highlight of the picture) and Con-o …oops, I mean Bono.
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