Now let's face it, Dad (Christopher Fairbank), you and I have never seen eye to eye, have we? We've always rubbed each other up the wrong way whenever we meet. Be it when my manager, Brian Epstein (Rory Kinnear), got us together many years ago in some shoddy hotel room in London. Or be it a few years later, when you came to visit me at my country estate, and asked me for some cash because you got a young girl up the duff.
Alright. I more than understand what you were thinking of at the time You most probably said to yourself, 'My son is the world famous Beatle, John Lennon (Christopher Eccleston), and he doesn't seem to do anything wrong with his life'. Right?
But I do, do wrong. Don't I, 'Freddy'? For a start I piss most of America with my ‘Jesus comments’. Then me and my wife, Cynthia (Claudie Blakley), begin to drift apart. And to top it all off, every move me and the band make, just doesn't seem to work out one little bit. Apple Corps -- the Maharishi -- or that fiasco with ‘The Magical Mystery tour’ -- one way or another whatever we do, just.. well... you know what I'm going to say.
Still. That's most probably why what next transpires all falls apart, when I bump into a Japanese visual artist called Yoko Ono (Naoko Mori). As the Beatles call it quits - the peace movement does the splits - a drug charge pisses me off - and as push comes to shove, me and my pappy finally have a face off.
Now after reviewing 'Nowhere Boy' I said to myself, 'Hey, you f*cking idiot! While you're in the mood for reviewing bio-pics, why don't you review that other one relating to John Lennon's relationship with his father? As you never know, somehow both of these movies combined may give you more of an insight into John's personal life'.
You see, with me being a big Beatles fan, I'd say this fragmented film chronicles a disjointed father and son story-line -- encompassing over seven years of John Lennon’s personal life -- whilst leaving out some key pivotal moments within the whole Beatles mytho’s. So if you a fan like me this makes the whole experience feel somewhat benign to watch. Strange even.
Now if the makers of this movie set the whole thing in a closed room, with just John and Freddie speaking to each other for the entire eighty two minutes -- from this -- I think I would have understood the basic idea behind the pretext much more succinctly than I actually did.
Admittedly. I more than understand why they had to do it in the way they did to begin with. How else can you have a film about John Lennon during this time period, without seeing the Beatles or not hearing their music? However, that's the point I'm trying to make, isn't it? This film is about John and his Dad, and everything else is just back-story to justify John’s actions.
Still, apart from that slight gripe, all in all this movie was a great movie. Christopher Ecclston does a much better job at playing John Lennon than he ever did at playing Doctor Who. Plus he was complemented greatly by a smashing supporting cast -- especially Christopher Fairbank, who plays John’s lush of a father to a tea.
Also, the style of this film is top notch as well. In a very clever fashion it has inserted some appropriate archival footage to complement the artistic tone of this piece. And in turn this has visually enhanced the characters moods within the scenes.
Overall I'd say 'Lennon Naked' was a fairly fine film to sit down and watch. It was well acted and it was well presented. Although I wished they could have concentrated more on the ‘through-line’ rather than the ‘back-beat’.
Ouch! Beatles pun. Nuff said.
THE RATING: B+