Rating 4 out of 5


  • Sam Taylor Wood


  • Aaron Johnson
  • Anne-Marie Duff
  • Kristin Scott Thomas
  • David Morrissey
  • Thomas Sangster


The early life and times of John Lennon provide artist Sam Taylor-Wood with rich dramatic material for her feature-directing debut. Aaron Johnson plays the rebellious, teenage Lennon, raised by his prim and proper aunt (Kristen Scott-Thomas) but drawn towards music only after reuniting with the mother who abandoned him as a child (Anne-Marie Duff). Blessed with superb performances and a fine eye for detail, this serves as both a convincing portrait of a budding icon and an evocative recreation of post-war Britain.

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