Worth Watching - Feb 5: Beatles Filled 'Across the Universe' Trailer
by Alex Billington
February 5, 2007
I'm a huge Beatles fan… are you? Even if you aren't, this trailer is a must see. This movie looks beautiful. In the same way that the first trailer for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was just as amazing and exciting. It's a musical, drama, and romance that uses Beatles songs to tell the story. I know this is going to open in limited release and is very independent, but I'll be damned if it still doesn't look fantastic. I was initially shown this by my friend Peter at SlashFilm, so thank him for introducing you to this movie. Check out the Quicktime trailer right ahead.
Reader Feedback - 18 Comments
It would have been a lot better if they didn't use covers. Oh well, the film still looks pretty good and full of life.
Evan on Feb 5, 2007
I completely understand the desire to have the original recordings in the film. The problem is that it's pretty much impossible to get them cleared and even if it were possible, I would imagine that it would cost so much it would hinder the production of the film. I can't be positive, but I seem to recall that Wes Anderson wanted to use a Beatles song in either Rushmore or The Royal Tenenbaums, but couldn't clear it. He decided to use another song, and it still worked ok. I think that if the covers are good, it won't hurt this film very much, if at all.
FS Dave on Feb 5, 2007
Yeah I figured it was a budget issue. I'm just a really big stickler when it comes to Beatles covers because IMO none can hold a candle to the original.
Evan Ray on Feb 5, 2007
This movie is going to be absolutley amazing. Its a musical set to Beatles covers. The Beatles are my life so I feel this is only another step for them. A good step, One towards introducing kids today to the music that has enriched our lives for the last 40 somthing years.
Justin Bohley on Mar 14, 2007
[...] I recently came across this post on FirstShowing.net about the upcoming movie Across The Universe. After watching the trailer, I found myself smiling, thinking that it was a very well done trailer and that I am pretty much sold on seeing this movie. The trailer emphasizes the fact that it is a musical with lots of Beatles songs and the cinematography in the movie looks to be excellent. [...]
Who is singing the cover of "Girl" ? I am dying to know? e-mail me email@example.com
Ace Lancin on Apr 19, 2007
Anyone with film knowledge read on, and the rest of you just rattle your wallets. The trailer is a nauseating mixture of "Hair" and the Bee Gee's cinematic high colonic "Sgt. Pepper". Maybe someone owning the Beatle's music catalog (Sony/Michael Jackson?) needs a little extra cash; hence this cinematic tripe/rip-off. The only thing Beatle in this mess is the music, and The Beatles sang it better.
John Phoenix on Apr 22, 2007
I second John Phoenix... Original? Tell Jim Rado , Gerome Ragni, and . Galt McDermot and the thousands of people who have been in HAIR that this is original. Its the same concept. 1960's, goodlooking new guys from " england", war protesters, the draft, free love, wild imaginitive 'trip' scenes. need i say more? and p.s. is this john phoenix as in " gramps"?
Lost Child Red Bank on May 6, 2007
Whether they are covers or they are the originals. I imagine that they would cost the same. They still have to pay the Beatles or Jacko for the rights to use the songs. I think it is a great idea, something I've always dreamed of myself, using songs to tell the story. I think this is also a good opportunity to introduce the Beatles to a new generation. I know that I am in the minority but I love hearing other bands take on songs that I love, and apparently so does Paul.
Saguaro on May 7, 2007
The new version of GIRL better than the Beatles's (John Lennon) version? Not a chance.
Stewart on Jun 10, 2007
I hope an album is released alongside the film, these covers sound amazing. It's nice to hear great songs that can be reintroduced into a new era through the power of film. Anyone with in formation on these covers, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thnx
Matthew Dykstra on Jun 12, 2007
This is a peice of art, regardless if it disappoints or impresses. Hashing the trailer sounds a bit jealous, don't you think? I could fall in love with the trailer alone. Infact, maybe I shouldn't even see the movie. Just the trailer. Film knowledge,....lets keep in mind that the creators already acknowledged all the various facets in creating their trailer. Phoenix, I think someone needs some sunshine.
Steph on Aug 11, 2007
What are the songs in order that play during the trailer? I know all but one of them...
KayJay on Aug 12, 2007
The songs are Girl, With Little Help from my Friends, All You Need is Love, Helter Skelter, I Want You (She's So Heavy), Hey Jude, Across the Universe. It's way too expensive to get the actual recordings for anything, even Target can't afford the originals for their commercials, and they have money to burn! I'm interested in this only because Julie Taymor directed. If anything, it will be visually interesting.
Renbo on Sep 14, 2007
The trip scenes look pretty spectacular, and I bet the film is visually stunning, but hearing other people sing Beatles songs makes me die inside.
Tim on Sep 17, 2007
It was fun to catch the John Lennon look-alike in the background of various scenes; opening a window of a NY apt building, in the window of the house the bus took them to and walking the streets of NY at dawn. I want to see the movie again just to catch more glimpes of him. (Kind of scary cause it looks just like him!)
Marsha on Oct 23, 2007
i loved this movie. it is my new favorite movie! i'm so glad i saw the trailer, by chance online (i have a feeling it was actually this site!!). It wasn't advertised at all and was only on for a very short time at the cinemas... such a shame!! this may be one of the most underrated movies of the year. I am telling everyone i know that appreciates art and life to see this film, it is superb.
anne-marie on Apr 15, 2008
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