DVD Review: Lennon Naked

By Drum Digital
08 September 2010

Rating 3/5

Real-life drama. 2010. 81 min.

With Christopher Eccleston, Naoko Mori and Christopher Fairbank.

Director: Edmund Coulthard. 16DNL.

This BBC drama, part of a series focusing on fatherhood, looks at Beatle John Lennon’s (Eccleston) life from the mid-1960s to 1970 – a time when John became known as much for his love affair with Yoko Ono (Mori), drug use, avant garde experiments and political activism as his music.

Amid this he tries to deal with the pain of being abandoned by his dad (Fairbank) and mom as a small boy, undergoes primal scream therapy and records the harrowing Mother – then abandons his own son.

It’s an insightful drama and Eccleston does a good job portraying John’s anger and pain – but there’s little of the charm, wit and musical genius that made his character an icon, which makes his Lennon hard to like or care for. A heavy, claustrophobic watch.

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