Director Julie Taymor has certainly crafted a mystical tour, from middle America to bohemian Greenwich Village to Vietnam. Whether this portrayal of the Vietnam era, using gorgeous visuals, a stylized 60s aesthetic, a nice chunk of the Beatles songbook, and surprisingly little spoken dialogue, is also magical is debatable. Lucy Even (Wood) moves from a small town to New York City, where she and her brother Max (Anderson) meet and befriend a number of predictable characters including Jude (Sturgess), a Brit from--where else?--Liverpool. The music has been tasked with propelling the plot along via a vision of this revolutionary time from hippie idealism through the duty of military service to the anti-war counter culture, which is where the message of the film finally lands. See it for the stunning visuals and the fresh interpretation of Beatles classics.
Strangely attractive--Music aptly performed by a virtually unknown cast. (Oh, you have your small grouping of knowns, i.e., Joe Cocker, Bono, Eddie Izzard, who are all pretty cool in this thing.)
Visually hits the mark in several scenes. Don't worry about the loose strewn together plotline, we're really in this for the music.