You need to know right up front that I'm a music junkie, a person who cannot stand to go very long without hearing music I love. Although I count hundreds of musicians among my favorites, The Beatles are in my top 10.
Across the Universe will have ardent defenders, but in the long run, it will do nothing to infuse life into the current minirevival of movie musicals and is as soft-headed as the wishful refrain All You Need Is Love.
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.