Passion, when focused and guided, brings about the best in those who fuel it through idealistic pursuits. But once passion turns into obsession, it causes nothing except suffering and misery.
Through Chapter 27, this point is strikingly exemplified. In the film, director Jarrett Schaeffer recounts how Mark David Chapman's (played by Jared Leto) obsession over the late John Lennon insidiously spiraled into insanity; leading him to murder one of the most cherished musical prodigies of all time.
Through straight - forward scenes interjected with random and abrupt surrealism, Schaeffer tells Chapman's untold story of how a lonely outcast, desperately trying to seek solace in the world, finds meaning in the bleakness of life through the music and lyrics of The Beatles. Alas, for Chapman, this was all tragically thrown asunder after Lennon leaves the band. With his fragile mind slowly and constantly distressed with loss, abandonment and bitter rage, he ultimately snaps and decides to kill Lennon.
As a story, Chapter 27, simply put, was concise. Obviously based from the newspaper articles and police reports which documented Lennon's murder, the film progressed in a very linear, almost boring manner. If it weren't for Leto's eerie and superb narration of Chapman's rants and ramblings, along with the scenes where in he was succumbing to his delusions, I would've enjoyed the film far less.
If only Schaeffer decided to give this film more depth, maybe by allowing the characters portrayed by Lindsey Lohan and Judah Friedlander to develop as the film unfolded, I personally think this movie would've been so much better.
Even though, it's still worth seeing, if only to see how the selfish delusions of a poor madman deprived the generations that came of John Lennon.