From visionary director Julie Taymor (Broadway’s The Lion King, Frida, Titus) comes 2007’s extraordinary Across the Universe, an epic musical tale of love, war, and peace set during the turbulent late-1960’s, and told through the ingeniously-executed use of 34 songs by The Beatles.
Soon after young British worker Jude (Jim Sturgess) sets sail for the United States in search of his father, he ends up meeting carefree college student Max (Joe Anderson) and his sister, Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood). As Jude and Lucy fall for each other, they and their circle of friends and musicians are swept up into the emerging anti-war and counterculture movements, with characters such as “Dr. Robert” and “Mr. Kite” as their guides. Tumultuous forces outside their control ultimately threaten to tear the young lovers apart, forcing Jude and Lucy to defend their love for each other, and stay together against all odds.
Moving from the dockyards of Liverpool to the creative psychedelia of Greenwich Village, from the riot-torn streets of Detroit to the killing fields of Vietnam, Across the Universe is a breathtaking visual and sonic flashback, fully employing Taymor’s celebrated eye and ear for meticulous and audacious design.
Monday, September 10 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Tuesday, September 11 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
“★★★★★. Across the Universe captured my heart, and I realized that falling in love with a movie is like falling in love with another person. Imperfections, however glaring, become endearing quirks once you’ve tumbled.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times
“Across the Universe isn’t beholden to any stage incarnation. It owes its vision to the vibrant imagination of its director, who created a musical that reminds us how cultural-political events can change our tune.” – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
“A marvelous visual experience that works even for non-Beatles fans.” – Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
“★★★★. The experience of the movie is joyous.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times