One of the main reasons I asked for an iTunes giftcard for Christmas was so that I could watch Nowhere Boy. This is a film that I’ve been waiting, literally, years to watch and is a biopic about John Lennon’s childhood, from the time of his uncle’s death, to the formation of his first skiffle band, The Quarrymen, up til his mother’s death and then to his departure into Hamburg which led to the creation of The Beatles.
The director and producers did extensive research prior to filming, aiming to make it as historically accurate as possible. Everything from Lennon’s childhood home, his guitar model, the clothes he was wearing, to some of the music he and his band played is depicted so genuinely in the movie that, after watching, it made the original members of The Quarrymen—John’s childhood friends—cry.
I think just about anyone can spot some of the allusions made, such as the cut of Strawberry Field in the start, which was a garden located around Lennon’s neighborhood, or the harmonica that is so characteristic of the early Beatles songs. As a major fan, this is something I can appreciate.
Visually, it’s a stunning flim. Usually I hate it when movies tint anything, but here it worked so well because it just added to the whole nostalgia of it all.