THE MAKING OF A CLASSIC
BEATLES and Lennon fans will be generally delighted with this film, which looks into the making of the legendary songwriter’s revered album, Imagine. While many of the offerings in the genre are pretty cheap affairs – splicing together still photos and grainy moving pictures with “experts” offering scripted soundbites – and do little to expand your knowledge or appreciation of an artist, you might find yourself pausing Johnand Yoko:AboveUsOnlySky on several occasions for a closer look of the footage. Like the scene where the lovers are sitting at their kitchen table, littered with food, burning cigarettes, a magazine featuring the pair on its cover, a peace sign. You don’t get to check out too many rock star kitchen tables. Some of the “experts” in this case were men who were there as Lennon completed his most loved solo work and were charged by him to listen to it and give their opinions. It’s fascinating to hear their reactions to songs such as GimmeSomeTruth – one calls it a “rant” – before they finally listen to the record’s titular track. And all agree, it is the one. As they talk, Lennon is shown playing the song in a white room on a white piano in his white house with Ono in black sitting on the floor. You have to wonder if they had even the vaguest inkling that every scene of their life would one day be a movie.