Given that this movie stars Kick-Ass's Aaron Johnson, is directed by a conceptual artist and is about one of the biggest rock icons in the world, you'd think Nowhere Boy would be a much more interesting film than it is. Not that I was expecting bloody brawls, creative editing or overtly shocking behavior, but this portrait of John Lennon as a young man is mostly a tame period piece about a boy in 1950s England who wants to be Elvis Presley. At no point do we get the impression that Lennon is particularly special at all -- just lucky and very, very determined. And while his upbringing was certainly nontraditional, it's hardly as shocking or controversial as the movie seems to want us to think it is.
You can't judge a book by its cover, and you can't judge a kid by his Pappy either. I just read in the Hollywood Reporter that Tom Cruise's son has a small role in Will Smith's upcoming movie, which wasn't odd until I read that Cruise's son was playing a younger version of the Fresh Prince. My mind immediately flashed to two images:
1. Will Smith's son Jaden, who was very good alongside his Pops in The Pursuit of Happyness, asking Jada Pinkett "why couldn't I play Dad? Is he mad I upstaged him in that last movie?"
2. Robert Downey Jr., armed with a big vat of makeup and a cigarette, telling Cruise's son the finer points of blackface makeup. "You gotta make sure you're the same color as Will, so we're going to mix Browns number 5, 42 and 9."