Nowhere Boy is a film about the early life of John Lennon. Not only is the film a (slightly historically inaccurate but otherwise amazing) story about the beginning of the greatest music group of all time, it’s a portrait of a high schooler’s life in 1950’s England. Friday night I had the pleasure of watching this film, which I’m sure will be on quite a few Oscar short lists once it debuts in American theaters this October.
You don’t have to be a Beatles fan to appreciate the great coming of age story, or understand the power music has to change one’s life. Not only is the story, music, and cinematography great, the costumes worn by John’s girl friends and mother Julia made me want to immediately rush out to the nearest fabric store and buy bolts of material to make my own 50’s party dresses.
Aaron Johnson and Kristin Scott Thomas are both amazing in their roles as John and his aunt Mimi. The film is currently garnering more attention for the romance between “Kick Ass” actor Johnson and director Sam Taylor Wood. Upon watching it’s pretty apparent the film’s greatness will soon be eclipsing the production’s tabloid back story.
Nowhere Boy will be released in US theaters October 8, 2010, on the 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth.