In His Life: The John Lennon Story (2000)
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as John Lennon
as Mimi Smith
as Paul Mccartney
as George Harrison
as John Lennon
as Stuart Sutcliffe
as Brian Epstein
as Ringo Starr
as Cynthia Lennon
as Julia Lennon
as Pete Best
as Mr. Ames
as Young John
as Decca Records Executive
as Art Teacher
as Freddie Lennon
as Peter Eckhorn
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It's actually... not that bad. It's pretty melodramatic and all the "dramatic" parts are really over-sold but it doesn't give us the tale of St. John the poet martyr that some like to tell or the evil jerky mcjerkson John that others have done. It was actually pretty even handed and the actor (though looking closer to 35 than 21) plays him as a charming prick most friends and relatives describe Lennon as having been- especially in his youth. There's a lot of cheesy parts (freeze framing the guys walking across the street a la Abby Road cover, the Strawberry Field thing actually is all right because he really did use to hang out there, but the Eleanor Rigby grave was really dumb.) and rarely do the Liverpudlian accents and colloquialisms show up. But... it's probably one of the more decent portrayals of John's personality, relationships with Mimi (who's not QUITE as cruel as she's been said she was, but it's not a cuddly performance) Cynthia (although the actress plays her as a bit dumb and hyper critical which I didn't like) and his mom Julia (which seems pretty genuine.) On the downside the other Beatles get shoved to the side and not much is said on the budding friendship and song writing dream team of Lennon and McCartney but his relationship with Stuart Sutcliffe is pretty well done. It's worth checking out. Hopefully the upcoming "Nowhere Boy" will do this story infinitely better, but until then this isn't a bad primer of the early life of Lennon.
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