this may be a little late in the game but here is my take on the film.
a "light" review taken from my blog...
I saw this year’s most incredible film so far. From the director Julie Taymor, the visionary that brought us “Frieda”, “Titus”, And the stage production of the “lion King”, is the wonderful Across the Universe. The script is based on an original story created by Taymor, and writing team Dick Clement and La Frenais, which incorporates over 30 Beatles tunes.
The story starts in the early 1960s with a young dock worker named Jude (Jim Sturgess) who arrives to America after moving from Liverpool, England in search of the American G.I. father (Robert Clohessy) he has never known. While in America he befriends Max (Joe Anderson) a rebellious young man from a privileged background and his sister Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). Lucy joins them in New York and a romantic relationship between her and Jude ensues. Unfortunately, Max is drafted to fight in the Vietnam War, which prompts Lucy to become involved in a radical anti-war movement leading to the end of her relationship with Jude. In the end Jude is deported after an arrest but travels back to win back Lucy.
Under the rebirth of the Movie musical Across the Universe stands tall. Every moment is full of lush tapestries of color and visually arresting images. Especially powerful, the Uncle Sam "I want you", the musical numbers are engaging but the in-between moments left me a bit antsy. The movie is flawed in the fact that the film is divided between the real and surreal.
Among the films being offered in theaters now I would choose “Across the Universe” over the brash comedies such as “game plan” or “Good Luck Chuck” any time. Across the universe is enriching and lovely and far superior to every thing that is available now. SEE THIS FILM!