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  • Actors: Kristin Scott Thomas, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Anne-Marie Duff, David Morrissey
  • Directors: Sam Taylor Wood
  • Producers: Robert Bernstein, Kevin Loader, Douglas Rae
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2010
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0035MA5I2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,615 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sam Taylor Wood's directorial debut is a chronicle of John Lennon's teenage years. Set in 1950s Liverpool, the film tells the story of the spirited but troubled fifteen-year-old Lennon (Aaron Johnson), who finds himself caught in the crossfire between his formidable Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff). When John meets fellow musician and kindred spirit Paul McCartney (Thomas Sangster), his creative genius at last finds an outlet and the most famous partnership in music is born. But just as John's new life begins, a dark truth from his past leads to a tragedy he will never escape.

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Sam Taylor-Wood's feature directorial debut, 'Nowhere Boy', takes its inspiration from John Lennon's teenage years. The soon-to-be Beatle had an unconventional upbringing, being raised by his Aunt Mimi when his mother Julia proved unable to cope with looking after him as her relationship with Lennon's father fell apart. The film picks up the story when the teenage Lennon renews his relationship with his mother, and begins to develop his musical leanings, forming the Quarrymen and setting out on the path to being part of one of the icons of the 20th century.

The film is pretty much perfectly cast - Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff are wonderful as sisters Mimi and Julia, one very austere and outwardly frosty, the other more flighty and fun but deeply troubled beneath the surface. Meanwhile, relative newcomer Aaron Johnson captures the spirit and swagger of Lennon perfectly without ever feeling like he's attempting an impersonation, and does an excellent job of carrying the film. Equally good is Thomas Sangster as Paul McCartney, who gives a great performance but perhaps doesn't quite convince in the same way as his co-star.

Films such as these have their pitfalls - for instance, it would be easy to simply provide a checklist of important moments in Lennon's life, and little else. Whilst the film doesn't shy away from detailing these iconic moments, the focus is very much on the relationship between John, Mimi and Julia, and is all the stronger for it. As such, it slightly rewrites a few details for the sake of coherence, but none of these stick out as a problem, and usually serve the narrative well. Although the period detail and Taylor-Wood's confident direction makes this an excellent film, it's the performances and characters that really make it something special. Whether you're a die-hard Beatles fan, or someone who knows nothing about them, you can still enjoy this film - and I suspect you will.
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I went to see this last night and thought it the best film I've seen in a while.

Yes, it's surprising that Taylor-Wood went for a fairly conventional approach instead of something more avant-garde (and possibly pretentious), but I'd glad she did as the resulting film is a gem. I don't agree with Robert Machin's comment that this film was "ordinary"--I found it intensely powerful and moving. It's this emotional heart which lifts the film above the average and marks Taylor-Wood as a director to watch out for.

Every performance was excellent with Duff and Scott-Thomas outstandingly good. Matt Greenhalgh's scripting was perfectly balanced and never once lapsed into melodrama (although perhaps it very nearly teetered on the edge once).

Well worth a trip to the cinema.
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I didn't know what to expect when I went to see this film, as so many films that portray people still within in living memory, fail to suspend belief in the character long enough for me to thoroughly get into the film. But I was pleasantly surprised, the sets captured (how I imagined) the ambience of the fifties, the acting was of very high standard and as believable as is possible, and the script was fantastic, adding detail to the film. Me and my friend went together and I am a fan of the Beatles but she doesn't particularly like them. I knew what was going to happen but, as the film was understated, it still took me by surprise, and my friend thoroughly enjoyed the film, knowing almost nothing about the Beatles early years. The Beatles story has become a modern myth, which this film adds to but from which it is very hard to distinguish fact or fiction, so I wouldn't want to judge anyone on the basis of the movie. Overall, whether you are a fan of The Beatles or John Lennon or have no opinion on them whatsoever, the film is entertaining and moving in its own right 5*.
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Well acted bio of John Lennon whilst a teenager growing up with his aunt and finding his real mother in his late teens.
I don't think many fans would know JL at this age, but I thought Aaron Johnson seemed to capture his cockiness and quick wit. Those times in the movie where this is shown are some of the best bits, but I felt that the JL character as written was silent too often at times when you would have thought he would have had something to say. Kristin Scott Thomas and Ann Marie Duff as his Aunt Mimi and mum Julia respectively were also excellent and particularly AMD stood out as the free spirited but fragile Julia. David Threlfall is great as his Uncle George, playing the joker and being more friendly with young John, compared to stern Aunt Mimi.

Not so good ...
I thought the sex scene was a little too explicit for the context of the movie and didn't feel right. You certainly wouldn't want to watch it with your mum or aunt!

I have to agree with some others that Thomas Brodie Sangster was a bit of wimpy kid as Paul McCartney, and whilst well acted was too much of a contrast to Johnson's mature, good looking Lennon.

The story verges on the melodramatic at times, but manages to stay just the right side.

It is not about the 'famous' JL or much about the Beatles either, and if it wasn't about JL it would be a fairly ordinary tale, of a rebellious teen growing up in 50's Liverpool, which may annoy some people expecting a bit more about the formation of the Beatle's and a bit more of their music. There was little of this if any in the film.

I would like to see a film about the formation of the Beatle's, and their rise to fame and to break up- now that would be really interesting.
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