Review: LENNONYC DVD – Intimate Interviews, Untold Story of John Lennon
by Brian Willett
Even with his life tragically cut short, John Lennon is one of the most well-known musicians in the world, for his work with the Beatles and without. Lennon is constantly cited as a highly influential musician for his contemporaries and modern musicians, and likely will continue to be for the foreseeable future.
Still, there’s a lot that you probably don’t know about John Lennon, and LENNONYC brings it all to light, thanks to concert film never seen before in high definition, exclusive and intimate interviews with Yoko Ono and other figures that were close to Lennon during the 1970s. LENNONYC is a highly emotional film, which does something few other Beatles-related productions do: explores new territory while maintaining focus on the artist, as a person and a musician.
LENNONYC succeeds because it doesn’t try to do much, limiting its scope to Lennon’s time in New York City, which allows unprecedented depth. Director Michael Epstein also doesn’t shy away from the hard times that Ono and Lennon suffered, which makes it different from many Beatles films that paint a candy-coated portrait. As a result, the film is emotionally stirring, particularly during scenes that deal with the birth of Sean Lennon; it’s hard not to hope for a happier ending, which may have you watching LENNONYC over and over.