Across The Universe Analysis

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Made in 2007, Across the Universe is a historical musical that showcases the harsh realities of 1960’s England, America, and Vietnam. Revolving around a young man from Liverpool who falls in love with a beautiful American girl amidst the Vietnam war and antiwar protests, the movie incorporates songs by the Beatles. The movie is very visually pleasing and reflects the feelings of the Vietnam war somewhat accurately, however the way the movie portrays these feelings is not completely realistic. The movie was made to be alternative and edgy and show a different side of the sixties through the lense of the Beatles. Even though it does accomplish this, the movie contains animation and songs that make it more psychedelic than realistic. While its …show more content…
By including Beatles songs the movie takes a more alternative direction and describes not only the political problems of the time, but also the drug culture. The movie was made to be an oscar winner, so the director was less concerned with historical accuracy and more with being edgy. Being in the point of view of a young man, the movie frequently focuses on the drug culture of the time period, incorporating psychedelic images and some of the Beatles more offbeat songs. The film begins with a young man named Jude leaving his home in Liverpool, England to search for his estranged father in the United States. After getting let down by his father Jude meets Max, a Princeton dropout who introduces him to his sister, Lucy. Max and Jude travel to New York and find an apartment with Sadie, an up and coming rock and roll singer. Meanwhile, Lucy discovers that her boyfriend died fighting in Vietnam. To escape her troubles, Lucy moves to New York to stay with Max and Jude for the summer. Soon enough Lucy and Jude begin to fall in love and enter the 1960s culture of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. When Max gets drafted for the war, Lucy decides to volunteer for an activist group in order to protest the war. The leader of the group gives her a television, which allows both Lucy and Jude to see the reality of what is going on in …show more content…
The purpose of the movie was not for it to be a completely accurate historical interpretation of the Vietnam war, its purpose was to show the power of love in a chaotic society, while incorporating some of the Beatles’s most famous and fascinating songs. The film is very visually pleasing and uses synergistic effects to provide a hallucinatory aesthetic and heighten the audience’s emotions. These psychedelic aspects of the fim prevent it from being completely realistic. I do not think that this movie shows the Vietnam War accurately, however, I do believe that some of the historical aspects in the movie were well represented. For instance, even though the anti-war group that Lucy joined was not a real group, it served as an example of the activist groups that existed in the sixties and it showed how many young people often protested the war with marches and riots. It also shows that many protesters who started peaceful, got fed up with their demands being ignored and became violent protesters. This film was made in 2007 and I think that since it was made more recently the creators of the film where not very concerned with historical accuracy, they were more with making the film popular for the modern demographic. The movie made a lot of generalisations about the time period, which

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