Thanks to successes like Glee and the Broadway production of Green Days American Idiot, the musical has made a big comeback in the public consciousness over the past year or so. Across the Universe, however, was ever so slightly ahead of its time; after a tumultuous production and release, the 2007 film flopped at the box office. Its since attained the first blush of a cult following, and deservedly so: A dazzlingly imaginative yet faithful-in-tone fictionalization of the Beatles songbook, the movie stars everyone from Bono to Eddie Izzard to Joe Cocker one of the Beatles greatest interpreters singing Fab Four classics. In addition to the bursting-at-the-screen sound and cinematography, Across the Universe has another, often overlooked selling point: It contains 100 percent less disco than 1978s big-screen Beatles musical, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The Denver Film Society presents Film on the Rocks: Across the Universe tonight at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 18300 West Alameda Parkway in Morrison. A pre-movie concert by local pop-rock outfit Something Underground, which will be performing its All-Star Beatles Revue in honor of the film, begins around 6:30 p.m., and the movie starts at dusk. Admission is $10; $25 gets you into the Patron Party, which includes food, drinks and VIP seating. For tickets and info, call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org.
Wed., Aug. 11, 7 p.m., 2010