Nowhere Boy is a biopic about John Lennon’s adolescence, the creation of his first band, The Quarrymen, and eventually its evolution into The Beatles. The movie is based on a biography written by Lennon’s half-sister Julia Baird and released theatrically on October 8, 2010, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Lennon’s birth.
This entertaining and interesting drama tells the story of Lennon’s teenage years from 1955-1960 and the start of his journey to becoming a successful musician. The story also examines the impact on his early life and personality of the two dominant females in his childhood – his Aunt Mimi, and his mother, Julia.
In addition, the film shows the first meeting of Lennon with future Beatles Paul McCartney and George Harrison, and the development of their friendship and musical partnership. British actor Aaron Johnson portrays Lennon, and Thomas Brodie Sangster plays Paul McCartney. Aunt Mimi is portrayed by Kristin Scott Thomas and Anne-Marie Duff plays Julia.
It’s interesting to see how those early years played a part of the formation and attitude of The Beatles and what came out of the Lennon and McCartney partnership. It’s an extraordinary movie and one of the best music movies ever made. And why shouldn’t it be, Lennon was an extraordinary person with an almost royal music legacy. Johnson was fantastic as Lennon and Sangster pulled off a great McCartney look.
Much has been written about The Beatles, Lennon and McCartney, but there has never been such an in-depth look at the early years and The Quarrymen era. To add to the authenticity, the soundtrack features several of the songs played by The Quarrymen at the time depicted in the film and the producers negotiated with Yoko Ono for the rights to use Lennon’s song "Mother" in the film.
The one thing that might have made this Blu-ray a must have would have been a great documentary on The Quarrymen and Lennon’s early years to complete the package. What we’re left with for extras is a behind the scenes feature and the original trailer. Not that the extras should matter, because the film is phenomenal, but it would have been nice.
Nowhere Boy is a music lesson for Beatles fans, rock and roll fans and music historians. It’s perfect insight into the life of a musical genius.