Cover of the film Nowhere Boy in Blu-Ray format

Nowhere Boy movie review: Exploring John Lennon’s Early Years and the Seeds of The Beatles

Nowhere Boy” offers a captivating glimpse into the formative years of John Lennon, the iconic musician and co-founder of The Beatles. The film delves into Lennon’s complex family dynamic, shaped by his upbringing with his strict Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) and the sudden reappearance of his birth mother, Julia (Anne-Marie Duff).

Cover Of The Film Nowhere Boy In Blu-Ray Format
Cover of the film Nowhere Boy in Blu-Ray format

A Quest for Identity: The film explores Lennon’s teenage years as he navigates family tensions, typical adolescent rebellion, and the emerging rock and roll scene. This journey of self-discovery sheds light on the experiences that influenced his artistic expression.

A Mother’s Influence: The film portrays the significant influence of Julia on Lennon’s life. Her introduction of him to rock and roll music ignites a passion that will define his future.

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The Seeds of a Musical Revolution: While the film doesn’t focus on the formation of The Beatles, it provides valuable context for understanding the bond between Lennon, Paul McCartney (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), and George Harrison (Sam Bell)—a bond that would blossom into a musical revolution.

A Look at the Man Before the Legend: “Nowhere Boy” is a poignant coming-of-age story that offers a window into the person John Lennon was before becoming a global icon. It’s a must-watch for fans seeking a deeper understanding of the artist behind the music.

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Review co-written with Johnny North

Nowhere Boy


Directed by Sam-Taylor Wood

Written by Matt Greenhalgh

Distributed by Maple Leaf Pictures

In theatres now