When young dockworker Jude leaves Liverpool to find his estranged father in America, he is swept up by the waves of change that are re-shaping the nation. Jude falls in love with Lucy, a rich but sheltered American girl who joins the growing anti-war movement in New York's Greenwich Village. As the body count in Vietnam rises, political tensions at home spiral out of control and the star-crossed lovers find themselves in a psychedelic world gone mad.
|Release Date||:||September 14, 2007|
|Genres||:||Adventure, Drama, Music, Romance|
|Production Company||:||Revolution Studios, Team Todd|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Writers||:||Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais|
|Casts||:||Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs, Martin Luther, T.V. Carpio, Spencer Liff, Lisa Hogg, Nicholas Lumley, Michael Ryan, Angela Mounsey, Erin Elliott, Robert Clohessy, Christopher Tierney, Curtis Holbrook, Bill Buell, Ellen Hornberger, Dylan Baker, Linda Emond, Lynn Cohen, Bill Irwin, Jennifer Van Dyck, Timmy Mitchum, Orfeh, Antonique Smith, Deidre Goodwin, Joe Cocker, Jacob Pitts, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Harry Lennix, Logan Marshall-Green, James Urbaniak, Bono, Eddie Izzard, Salma Hayek, Mandy Gonzalez, Destan Owens, Cicily Daniels, Saycon Sengbloh, Sam Kitchin, Chris McGarry, Frank Hopf, William Atkinson, Ted Lochwyn|
|Plot Keywords||:||riot, protest, musical, music, cultural difference, university, fantasy sequence, anti war, police arrest, march, woman director, 1960s|
I absolutely loved it.
It's very hard to describe, because I wouldn't classify it as a traditional musical. It's not set up so that there's a scene, then a song, then a scene again; everything just flows seamlessly. Wonderful acting from all of the cast,with some great improv from Bono and Eddie Izzard. Definitely standout performances from Dana Fuchs (who has the most AMAZING voice), Martin Luther, and TV Carpio. Also a nice cameo by Salma Hayek, who apparently asked Julie Taymor if there was a part for her in the movie, and when Julie told her that she could be one of the nurses, Salma replied "ONE of the nurses, Julie?"
Overall an excellent film. Taymor fans will definitely appreciate it (it has a lot of her traditional colorful imagery, masks, and puppets). I'm planning on seeing it a few more times just to take it all in. It's certainly going to be a film you have to see more than once to really appreciate.