I spent my Christmas vacation in Dublin. After too much Guinness and too many hurricane-like rainstorms, my friends and I decided to duck into the Irish Film Institute to get warm and dry. It turned out to be a fantastic decision. Right as we slogged in, the film “Nowhere Boy” was about to begin. We grabbed some hot chocolate (they actually served real hot chocolate at the theater!) and took our seats. I knew nothing whatsoever about the film—I had never even heard about it before that moment. As it turned out, “Nowhere Boy”—which has not been released yet in the States—is the first film by avant-garde artist Sam Taylor-Wood. It’s a historical account of John Lennon’s late teenage years in Merseyside. Sure, I consider myself a Beatles fan. But about two seconds into the film, I became a huge fan of someone else—Aaron Johnson, the 19-year-old actor who plays John Lennon in the film. I’m not usually the type to get pervy crushes on young boys, but his hotness was off the Richter. I just couldn’t help myself. I think I actually drooled. Where the hell has he been hiding out? Apparently I’m not the only one who wants to do Johnson. After doing a little more research on my new crush, I discovered that director Sam Taylor-Wood, 42, fell in love with Johnson, 19, on the set of the film. Cougar alert! The Mirror reported just today that Taylor-Wood, a cancer survivor and ex-wife of Jay Joplin (who dated Lily Allen post-split) are engaged and expecting their first child. Holy wow! I’m speechless. Score for Sam Taylor-Wood.
All off-screen drama aside, the film focuses on Lennon’s relationship with his biological mother, Julia, and his legal guardian, aunt Mimi, played by Kristin Scott Thomas. I don’t want to give too much away but expect Johnson with an Elvis ‘do and a banjo, an appearance by a young Paul McCartney and George Harrison, some sexy make-out scenes, some rebellious debauchery, and a lot of family drama. Even though McCartney has publicly announced that he’s not thrilled about the movie because of its inaccuracies (for starters, Johnson only vaguely resembles John Lennon), it is still so worth seeing. If people aren’t already talking about this film or Aaron Johnson’s performance, they will be soon. “Nowhere Boy” will hit stateside at Sundance later this month. [Guardian, Examiner]