Excellent documentary about John Lennon and his career. Very up close and personal. Lots of music making, life with Yoko Ono, tv-appearances, concert material, solo career, relationships with other celebrities, sense of humour, his personal character, beliefs, ups and downs, and so on. This is in fact the best documentary on John Lennon, his life and music, that I have seen, and I have seen several of them. I recommend it to anyone who likes Lennon's music even a bit. It gives an excellent idea on who he is, what he did, how he lived, who he lived with, his family, what kind of music maker he was and so on. Appearances and interviews by his fellow musicians and friends. Directed and written by Epstein, who was very close to John Lennon. I liked the way this film gives one a picture of John. It manages to give one an indepth view to the person and musical genius of John Lennon, without being too shallow, retaining style from start to the end. Without idealizing the man, but being blunt and honest, like the man was in his life.
I had bought this on dvd and hadn't wached it til now. Silly jokes, slapstick humor and general messiness of the story make this otherwise funny kung-fu comedy a bit tedious. Besides, there is a scene at the start of the movie where a man riding a horse falls off a bridge- the horse is a toy horse, one can easily see how it doesn't move its legs or anything. It looked so ridiculous that it had a bad effect on the whole film. The humor is otherwise fun. The kung-fu scenes are also well done except that they are too gravity-defying for my taste. The same melodrama is also present, and goes a bit overboard, which I have often seen in chinese kung-fu films. It wasn't that bad of a kung-fu film but I will not want to see it again..