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poor excuse for a documentary
berwin6710 January 2014
Warning: Spoilers
After watching this film, one can only hope that someday Scorsese will decide to do a proper Lennon documentary with the music, and hopefully with the help and blessings of Paul McCartney. This film, with it's focus on the former wives, and poor choice of stock footage and Lennon interviews, does little more than present him as a total jerk. Although probably true on certain levels, that can't be the whole story. I learned more meaningful info about John Lennon in the few minutes McCartney discussed him during his 1997 David Frost interview. Surely an artist of his stature and influence deserves better than this. And forgive me if I'm wrong in saying this, because I'm not an expert on the subject.. but when has anyone EXCEPT John Lennon ever cared about what Yoko Ono thinks? Maybe a short interview is warranted given her involvement in his life, but this goes on and on- again, the man deserves better.
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Good but Far From Perfect
Michael_Elliott19 April 2014
John Lennon: Love Is All You Need (2010)

*** (out of 4)

If you're looking for a masterpiece of a documentary or a film that's going to feature all around great interviews and information then this here certainly won't be for you. However, if you've seen countless documentaries on The Beatles and Lennon and you just want more then you'll probably want to check this thing out. While you're not going to see anything you haven't seen before or learn anything you don't know, this documentary is at least entertaining and gives one a pretty good overview of the life of Lennon. We hear about his early rebel days, him getting into music from his mother, the early bands and of course the creation of The Beatles. From here we learn about some of their biggest moments and a large portion of the film takes a look at the backlash after Lennon commented on Jesus. We also get to follow him through the break-up years and finally his death. Overall LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is a pretty good film that manages to keep you entertained. If you've never seen a documentary on Lennon then this here really wouldn't be that bad of a place to start because it has some very good archival footage and it at least gives one a great idea of who the man was. The biggest problem here is that there's not any music, which of course is a big negative. Another problem is that we really don't get too many interviews with those close to him in later years, although there are some nice interviews with people who knew him early on including his first wife.
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