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Nowhere Boy

A movie released October 08, 2010

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Nowhere Boy Finds Good Home

  • Oct 15, 2010
Written by Matt Greenhalg
Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood
Starring Aaron Johnson, Kristen Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff
John: Why couldn’t God make me Elvis?
Julia: Because he was saving you for John Lennon.
I’ve had the privilege of seeing some of Sam Taylor-Wood’s art firsthand in exhibition.  It was stark, cold but yet still emotional and affecting.  It was both sad and sexual, making for a challenging experience, to say the least.  Still, it was an experience I’m glad I had and one that I am also glad to say, has effectively translated to film in Taylor-Wood’s first feature, NOWHERE BOY.  The images here may be moving in comparison but are just as rich with depth and pain.
This is a story of a young boy in Liverpool, whom you might know as John Lennon.  Unless you know Lennon’s history well though, you will not know this story.  The film opens with a dream and that classically unmistakable opening chord from The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” rings in the image.  That is the last you will hear of anything The Beatles ever sang or recorded for the rest of the film though.  This is not that story, not exactly.  This story is about a boy, played with surprising charm and strength by relative unknown, Aaron Johnson (KICK-ASS).  This boy wants to put a band together but it proves to be tricky when he is caught between the affections of the aunt who raised him his whole life (Kristen Scott Thomas) and his unstable mother (Anne-Marie Duff) with whom he has just reunited.  His name just happens to be Lennon and the band he throws together in a bathroom just happens to be one of the most influential of all time.
We all come from somewhere and if we happen to have been blessed with a little talent or a little genius, then the odds are that the somewhere we came from may not have been so simple a place.  Taylor-Wood shows us Lennon’s somewhere and allows us to draw our own conclusions about what made the man that would become a legend rather than do all the drawing for us.  There was nothing simple about Lennon’s upbringing.  He was kept in the dark until he was an adult and by then, the damage had been done.  Fortunately for him and for his fans the world over, that damage became great music.

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October 17, 2010
Intriguing. You always manage to get my attention, Joseph! You are such a great asset to our community.
October 18, 2010
Thanks, man. I wasn't going to cover this film but ended up seeing it last minute and I'm really glad I did. Quite subtle and effective.
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review by . November 06, 2010
Nowhere Boy – A reserved, modest biopic fascinated by its 'nowhere'
3 Stars out of 4      Nowhere Boy deserves appreciation for its scale, intentions, and drama. All three come in small doses that do not ask for anything more than our immediate attention. Since October 2010 marked the seventieth birthday of rock legend John Lennon, it feels necessary to witness Nowhere Boy as a retrospective of the days leading up to a meaningful legacy.       Aaron Johnson is Lennon: his accent is thick, his nuances reflect Lennon in …
review by . February 19, 2011
NOWHERE BOY is a pleasant, often rambling, look at the teen years of John Lennon. It's the short time frame between Lennon being a prankish, low-level vandal and troubled schoolboy who readily captures the interest of the young ladies and his explosion onto the rock scene as a founder of The Beatles.    When the movie begins, Lennon (Aaron Johnson) is living with his aunt Mimi (Kristen Scott Thomas) and Uncle George. His uncle has given him a love of music, radio and generally …
review by . February 02, 2011
All you need is love
The year is 1957, and 16-year old Liverpool lad John Lennon (Aaron Johnson) is miserable. He hates school and his strict aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott-Thomas) and his mother who abandoned him when he was five. Then he meets his mother again and although she's a little odd, he loves having a mum again, while his auntie isn't so sure.      This little film tells the interesting and sad story of Lennon's childhood and his search for maternal love. Unfortunately, Johnson not …
review by . October 30, 2010
NoWhere Boy and John Lennon's Youth
Nowhere Boy is a biopic about John Lennon's teenage years, beginning when he was 15. More than anything, Nowhere Man is about John's relationship with his aunt Mimi, the women who raised him, and his mother, Julia, the women who didn't. These relationships had a huge impact on the man John Lennon became and his music.      The film also explores John's infatuation with Elvis, his desire to form a rock band and how the Quarrymen came to be. His meeting with Paul …
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Nowhere Boy
 is a 2009 British biopic about John Lennon's adolescence, the creation of his first band, The Quarrymen, and its evolution into The Beatles.

The drama tells the story of Lennon's teenage years and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood - his Aunt Mimi, and his mother, Julia. In addition, the film shows the first meeting of Lennon with future Beatle Paul McCartney, and the development of their friendship and musical partnership. British actor Aaron Johnson portrays Lennon, and Thomas Brodie Sangster plays Paul McCartney. Aunt Mimi is portrayed by Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff plays Julia.

The film is scheduled to receive its US release on October 8, 2010, coinciding with that weekend's celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Lennon's birth (October 9, 1940).

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Director: Sam Taylor-Wood
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 08, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Matt Greenhalgh
Runtime: 1hr 35min
Studio: Ecosse Films
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