Starring Christopher Eccleston - Blast! Films BBCDVD3239 (Region 2 DVD)
After last month’s Nowhere Boy, a sequel (with Backbeat in-between) in the life of John Lennon. This BBC effort caused controversy, everyone acknowledging Eccleston’s remarkable performance, with some bitching that he’s too old for the part. Nonsense! He looks more like Lennon than any other actor who’d played him before. More pertinent is the way the story plays fast and loose with the facts, featuring more of Lennon’s errant father than actually may have happened. It’s still a superior biopic, with only one caveat: the broadcast version included actual Beatles music, while the DVD – which retains Lennon originals – loses them for copyright reasons.
Sound Quality: 85%
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