The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)
Critic Consensus: Though it glosses over anything negative about Lennon, this documentary offers a lot of fascinating archival footage, plus its political issues still have relevance for today.
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By the time The U.S. vs. John Lennon is done, the filmmakers have reinforced the sense that pop music once produced prophets, as well as profits.
Lennon's spirit, like his music, shines through this movie like a beacon.
The film paints with swaggeringly broad strokes, the basic thesis being Lennon = good, government = bad.
Humanizing Lennon to those who might find the man a bit inaccessible, and adding the word 'courage' to his long list of positive attributes.
Documentarians David Leaf and John Scheinfeld go beyond the usual glibness, revealing a much fuller portrait of the man.
Audience Reviews for The U.S. vs. John Lennon
This was a pretty interesting documentary that was not necessary a biography of his life, it is more of a film that tells the side of Lennon and his battle to help end the Vietnam War. I love The Beatles so I might be a little bias, but overall I thought this was a pretty good movie that does a really good job of mixing his music with his story!!
I love a good documentary. It's weird, I can appreciate a good Beatles documentary, yet I prefer covers of their music as opposed to the original. Having said that, this was a good eye-opening film about John Lennon's going from musician to activist for peace and how the US government didn't take too kindly to it.
Interesting documentary that draws an uneasy parallel between the Vietnam & Iraq wars.
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