Because I really would like every spare moment of my life to be spent inside an indie movie theatre, I popped back into the Labia after my last class of the year last night.
I had no notion of what was playing, and
when I saw the title Nowhere Boy, “Nowhere Man” by the Beatles popped into my
head. I thought I was probably making an incorrect association; I’ve been
hearing a lot about Viva Riva, for instance, which is a crime drama about
Angola. There’s also a documentary about Robert Mugabe on circuit, which I
really must see. (Also, even reading the description for The First Grader,
which is about a Kenyan man in his 80s who decided to complete school from
where he left off, makes me a little teary-eyed. Will go back for that one
soon!) I thought this film would be about a contemporary social issue on the
But it WAS about John Lennon’s
adolescence in Liverpool, and my ticket bought itself!
Look, I am a sucker for rock-n-roll
biopics. Control and Walk the Line come immediately to mind. But Nowhere Boy
didn’t try to sum up Lennon’s entire life in two hours, or try to tie every
conflict that came with fame to one dramatic scene from childhood (which one of
my favourite blogs is hard on Ray for.)
Nowhere Boy was an in-depth look at
Lennon’s early life, introduction to rock, and family tensions. It was
pitch-perfect and beautifully shot, and I was very quickly emotionally
I remember reading an interview with a
young adult author once where something was said to the effect of, “You just
can’t love teenagers enough. They always need so much more than anyone can
give.” I wish I could remember where I got that—any ideas?
I may be a disloyal Beatles fan, but I wished
I could tell that angst-ridden boy on screen that he will have adventures, he
will prove his worth through music, and he will be loved. This song alone
should be testament to that. Oh Yoko!
I also felt the urge to hug 15-year-old
Paul McCartney 843957293485798 billion times during this movie. (But George
Harrison is now and forever my favourite Beatle. And no Richard Starkey in this
movie—where DID they pick that guy up?)
Love, love, love.