I’ll admit that the 1950s style of the film is not my favorite method of film making, but it worked for this movie. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s because I don’t either. No really, it’s a style of filming that is common in movies placed around the 1950s and sometimes even into the 70s and 80s – gives it that older feel. I assume the technique has a fancy name, but I could have made it up. I get why film makers do this, I’m just not a big fan of it. But it does work well in Nowhere Boy.
I was a little confused for the first 10 or 15 minutes of the movie. Not knowing anything about John Lennon’s background it took a little bit to catch up. In case you’re in the same position as me: John Lennon was raised by his Aunt and Uncle for most of his childhood. Once I figured that out I was good.
While I like The Beatles, I’ve never been a huge fan, hence I didn’t know a thing about John Lennon’s childhood. While he was raised by a loving Aunt and Uncle, there were definitely some issues going on in that household. The period that this movie takes place in was quite tumultuous for John and is well portrayed in the film.
Overall the movie had a good pace, starting with some scenes to show the relationship between John and his Aunt and Uncle. Then moving on to John and his crazy relationship with his mother and finally ending with another tumultuous scene and a happy ending. A little clique? Maybe, but there is a reason most films our done this way – it works.
I expected something a little different from Sam Tayor-Johnson and Nowhere Boy definitely had a Indie yet professional feel to it. The movie certainly proves that she has the skills to put together a quality film that tells an interesting story. I even more excited to see what she can do with Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie.