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The Real John Lennon (2000)

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Biographical documentary tracing John Lennon's life and music.

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Biographical documentary tracing John Lennon's life and music.

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Pretty one Sided
12 October 2007 | by (islamabad) – See all my reviews

This documentary about the life of John Lennon is a little interesting in its early parts and more or less slanderous in the latter ones. It's most interesting features may well be the interviews with relatives of Lennon, who provide insights into his childhood and Liverpool days. But as time passes and more and more of the documentary is about what a terrible controlling person Yoko Ono is supposed to be the stranger it gets. In the end a cousin of Lennon even tells a story about how the Ex Beatle had sent a letter to his British family telling them he would return home "to take care of his real family again", just days before his murder. It would have been interesting to delve deeper into the delusions of these people, but the film is supposed to be about Lennon, and so it ultimately fails. Not because of the very negative stance towards Yoko Ono, but because the woman Lennon spent the last 13 years of his life with doesn't even get a chance to tell her side of the story.

A one sided, very opinionated documentary. For the Beatles info watch the Anthology series, and i am sure there are more balanced and insightful films about Lennon's later career as well. Nothing to get excited about.


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