Nowhere in this film does John Lennon get naked. If that’s what you’re looking for in this TV movie from the BBC, I’m sorry to disappoint you; never happens. For those looking for a film about the legendary former Beatle, Lennon Naked is pretty decent.
By no means a definitive look at this amazing man, the film does its best to find a balance between the true-life events that shaped Lennon’s world between 1964 and 1971 while creating fictional elements to link events together.
Christopher Eccleston dons the long wig and glasses to portray Lennon. Most know Eccleston from Doctor Who and Heroes, so this is a definite change from his sci-fi surroundings. Eccleston does a good job as Lennon, but there are times when Eccleston and the film lack any momentum of sense of energy.
Even at 81 minutes I found myself becoming bored with the film. It’s not that Lennon led a boring life – far from it – it’s just the manner in which this production is done makes this fascinating figure come across as a dull and boring person. I’m pretty sure he was neither of these, and the events of his life are a testament to that.
If you’re a fan of John Lennon, check out Lennon Naked and let me know what you think. I would much prefer to watch a documentary about his life than watch this film. Let me know if you agree.
Lennon Naked is available NOW in DVD!