You guys know that Locke and I are pretty big Beatles fans, and you might recall that Locke recently wrote about two Fab Four films that are in the works. On top of that, he had the chance to interview Aaron Johnson, who not only starred in Kick-Ass earlier this year, but also landed the role of John Lennon in the biopic Nowhere Boy. Nowhere Boy came out at the end of 2009 in the UK, and proceeded to nab four BAFTA nominations. It’ll be released here in the US on October 8, but we’ve got a trailer and some posters for you in the meantime…
Hmm. My knee-jerk reaction is not positive. First off, I just can’t get past the fact that I don’t think Johnson resembles Lennon in the slightest… and don’t even get me started on that elf playing Paul McCartney. (The elf’s name is Thomas Sangster, and apparently his is 20 years old, but he looks like his 12, don’t you think?) I mean, they might be the best actors in the world, but I think their looks are going to be hard for any Beatles fan to ignore. Maybe I’m wrong.
Secondly — and maybe this can just be chalked up to the wrong clips behind used in the trailer — but I think overall the film looks kind of boring. The preview didn’t do anything for me. Am I being too harsh, fellow Beatles fans?
Here are all of the posters for Nowhere Boy. While the one with the cloud is clearing the most eye-catching, I think I like the one in the top right because Johnson looks more like Lennon there then he does at any point in the trailer… and overall it just seems more “Beatles-ish” with the shout-outs to Penny Lane and whatnot.
Here’s hoping my gut reaction to the trailer is way off. But if Nowhere Boy is in fact lame, then director Sam Taylor-Wood is going to have to carry that weight… a long time. (Meanwhile, she’s carrying her leading man Aaron Johnson’s baby. No lie. He’s 19, she’s 42, and they got engaged last Halloween, a year after she divorced her husband of eleven years, with whom she has two children. Now THAT story sounds like a movie in the making…)