(at around 24 mins) After Chapman signs his name as John Lennon, his co-worker notices it and starts to walk out after him. The next shot is a long shot from outside the building, showing the co-worker still standing behind the desk. Then in the next shot he is walking out the door again. See more »
Written and Performed by Makana
Published by Makana Music 2002
from the album "Koi'au" See more »
A superficial, slightly silly rendering of a horrible event.
I have read many Lennon biographies as well as numerous detailed accounts of Chapman's life. The books that I have read go deep into his background and they explore what conclusions can be made about his thought process and motivations.
In that regard, this film presents a strikingly superficial rendering of who Chapman was and what was motivating him. While skipping realistic depth and detail, the film uses atmospheric shots, music, and creative editing to conjure an atmosphere that is in effect, an art project.
Given the subject matter, I find it distasteful.
The shots of Chapman walking around in a clearly 21st-century time square (the film is set in 1980) are silly. The randomly sped-up shots of him maniacally grimacing are irritating, and, honestly, a bit cheesy.
I will give the film credit for it's depiction of Lennon at the end, I found him strikingly life-like.
If you really want to learn about Chapman, get one of the recognized books on the subject matter and delve deep.
This film is an art-school project that reveals nothing and presents a superficial, unbelievable caricature of Lennon's murderer.
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