A look at the period of time musician John Lennon and his family spent living in New York City during the 1970s.

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A look at the period of time musician John Lennon and his family spent living in New York City during the 1970s.

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Well Made; Worth Watching
12 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Overall the movie is good. I believe it was instigated and financed by Yoko under the guise of "Dakota Productions" or some such company. It very subtly whitewashes J.L.'s self-destructiveness - very canny how it does this - it delves into said craziness in-depth during the LA years of 1972-74 ("Oh, look, we're being honest in this film! We're delving into his madness!") and not examining it at all when Yoko accepts him back ('74 to '80). Another example of the subtlety - it allows May Pang to be a talking head ever-so-briefly ("We're being honest!") but doesn't give her space to say stuff that's in her book. Essentially the film is a rebuttal to Albert Goldman's book which depicts Lennon during the second half of the '70s as extremely impatient with Sean (the film shows J.L. as a dream of a father, a contemporary Father Knows Best), sealing himself off alone in his room with his books, TV and pot, starving himself to maintain the skinny rock star look, sermonizing naked ad nauseum to the servants, moping around and being generally depressed, and doing a lot of coke to get "Double Fantasy" made (the guy had all the marks of a cokehead in the studio in '80 with a lot of amped-up hyper energy). I will grant you that Albert Goldman's book has holes in it but I think it's more accurate than a lot of people with vested interests claim it to be (Yoko Ono, Jann Wenner, etc.). So anyway, yeah, it's a good movie - for one thing it's very well made technically. It provides nice glimpses of J.L. in the studio. And the sections at the beginning are fascinating when the entire apparatus of the federal government viewed him as evil and the pipe-dream was afoot in radical circles that a rock star could tour the world and singlehandedly change it.


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