Director: Sam Taylor-Wood. Cast: Aaron Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Anne-Marie Duff. 98 min. Rated R. UK/Canada. Drama.
What happens here is what I was worried might happen. You have a movie about John Lennon's teenage years in 1950's Liverpool and the hell his family brought upon him, but if you take the name Lennon away from the character, there's not much of an excuse for a movie. It would be just like any other soap opera. So watch this only if you're a Beatles fan, to get an idea why Lennon had such a sarcastic personality later in life. But this is not groundbreaking cinema.