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You know, sometimes I don't really relate to others very well when
their world view is so completely different from mine. And in this
case, I don't relate well AT ALL to what the fellow from Hong Kong had
to say about Josh Raskin's micro-masterpiece.
This very short film is inspired by John Lennon's quirky communication style and conveys his thoughts with imagery. The film is in turns funny when John drops something silly or nonsensical into the conversation, then deep and thoughtful about a deadly serious subject -war- which was important to Lennon to communicate to the youth of the world to stand up and shout about.
The cynical comments of the previous review tells me he's definitely not a fan of this imaginative, expressive style of film. I think this piece deserves all the accolades it received. I was very happy to discover it. And for all its worth, I think Lennon was a fantastic human being for using his fame and lending his voice to what he truly believed in.
Even the back story of this animated film is great...the director skipped school and went to a hotel he thought John Lennon might stay in, went to the top floor and knocked on every door until he found him! What moxie! :)
Based on a recording taken by a 14 year old boy interviewing John
Lennon; this short gives a fascinating insight into the mind of the
legendary musician, his views on capitalism and attitude toward
The recording is over-layed with an animation which humorously realises the thought process of the boy as he delves deeper into the perplexing but compelling world of his idol.
Lasting only a few minutes, we are snapped out of John's world and back to reality when someone asks for they key to the big box. "I don't know, I have no idea where it is" replies John.
This is the day before the Oscars are announced for 2008 and I just got
back from a special screening by our local film society of all five
films nominated in the category of Best Animated Short Film. This film
was among the five and I'm going to review all five and make my
prediction. Time will tell if I am right about the latter.
In 1969, when he was still with the Beatles, John Lennon allowed a young fan to meet with him and audiotape their interview. In 2007, an animated film was made using this interview. Right away, the style of this film sure got my attention. Although it was all made in black and white, it looked strongly inspired from the animation from the film YELLOW SUBMARINE and perhaps the Beatles album cover for "Revolver". This retro style was far from pretty (actually, rather ugly compared to the other nominees), but was fitting for the film. Fancier animation probably wouldn't have been as effective, though I wonder how the same animation would have worked if done in color.
As for the interview itself, most of it sounded very familiar. John's discussing war, peace and non-violent resistance was pure Lennon circa 1969. Much of it was rather profound--noting that the people are responsible for war and our leaders since we pick them and that within us all there is a bit of Jesus and a bit of Hitler! The film had one part, though, that bothered me. When Lennon was talking about war, several times the images on the screen appeared to be George W. Bush. Considering that Lennon has been dead for decades, using his words as an attack on a specific person just seemed wrong--even if permission to make the film was obtained from his widow. Heck, considering his politics, I assume Lennon would have been strongly against Bush--but since we can't ask Lennon his permission to use his words this way, it's all disconcerting and seemingly exploitative.
Still, aesthetically speaking, it's an interesting film that was the weakest the nominees. I don't think it has much chance to win the Oscar unless the committee wants to make a political statement and ignore better films (and there is some precedent for this in the past).
2/24/08--The Oscar was just announced and the winner in this category was PETER & THE WOLF.
This short film is an animated version to go with an audio taped
interview with John Lennon in 1969.
Honestly, I don't quite see the point of this short film. It is not particularly creative or interesting. The scene of the guy and the audio tape recorder is repetitive, and serves little purpose apart from being a filler to the more creative scenes. It looks as if the filmmakers ran out of ideas and hence put these filler scenes to make up 5 minutes. If they were truly creative, they could have made their own interview, or just a soundtrack to go with the animation. Instead, rehashing an old interview looks uninspiring and uninspired, using John Lennon's name to elevate their profile.
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