There’s a new movie coming out soon called Nowhere Boy, about the early life of John Lennon, covering the period in which he met Paul McCartney and, ultimately, formed the Beatles. It comes from British director Sam Taylor Wood and stars Aaron Johnson as Lennon. He looks nothing like the Lennon I remember, but then again, I’m far more familiar with the way Lennon looked during the Yoko years.
The trailer looks decent — it also features Kristen Scott Thomas and Thomas Sangster (Love, Actually, “Doctor Who”) as McCartney. I can’t really say I’m enthused about a John Lennon movie, though — I’d think if his early life were that fascinating, there’d already be a movie about it. It centers around his relationship with his aunt and mother, who tussled over custody of him. He escaped into the music of America, which I suppose inspired him to form the Beatles. Not that compelling a story, and neither the principals nor the trailer inspires much in the way of excitement. I think I’d prefer a movie about the Yoko years, though if I were that interested, I’d probably seek out the TV movie that was probably made about it.