Sunday, March 15, 2009

Weekend Video - Don't Bring Me Down




I was running on the treadmill plugged into my i-pod shuffle when this song came on. It's the version of the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down" from the film "Across the Universe" which I know I've raved about at least once before. But connected to the music in the way you are when you run with headphones I was struck again by how the interpretations of the songs not only revitalized them but in many cases actually improved them. Let me know what you think.

7 comments:

Melinda Patton ~ said...

I agree! This interpretation is so emotion filled/charged. I love the movie for that very reason. It also brings the relevance of the Beatles to a new generation.

fearlessknitting said...

I truly hated this film, however, I do love that woman's voice. It's sensational.

Michael George said...

I did enjoy the film although not near as much as I was expecting to.

I wish they did more reinterpreting of the songs, as they did in...say Moulin Rouge with 'Roxanne.' If you're just going to have different people sing it there's not much point.

radiolariat said...

The auto-tune makes me itch.

Melissa~ said...

i totaly agree with you, you read my mind, i have the same feelings for this movie, specialy for the music.

Betty Marula said...

I hated most of Across the Universe's interpretations of the Beatles songs and the plot line was thinner than Mama Mia's, which I thought was impossible.

In my opinion, if you're going to cover a popular song, especially an iconic and beloved Beatles song, you've got to put enough of a spin on it so that you can distinguish and separate yourself from the original and turn it into your own--otherwise why bother. The songs were done great the first time around, we don't need any more weak imitations.

I thought the cinematography was the most interesting aspect of the movie and I do give it high marks for being experimental, but I thought the songs just fell flat.

California Girl said...

I didn't expect to like the movie and was pleasantly surprized. My husband and I thought it was a clever contemporary interpretation with a light opera presentation. As for the music, it was fun. I do think you need to see the images while you listen to the music if you are a traditional Beatles fan.