We just watched the movie “Across the Universe” which many saw in the theaters in 2007 but I am more of a DVD rental kind of guy (the price is better than theater tickets) so seeing movies out of step with mass culture is the norm.

The plot had no redeeming spiritual values and had a basic generic theme, the same as “Slumdog Millionaire”: boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again.

The soundtrack was something else though — it was a musical that was all Beatles’ music covers some with much different phrasing than the originals.

It was set in the Sixties and, as my fellow baby boomer Ed said, it really caught the mood of the Sixties while most movies about the era miss the mark. So for those boomers wanting to go on a nostalgia trip, it is worth the time spent.

No Sixties movie would be complete without the Hare Krishnas and this one was no exception.

The words Hare Krishna themselves were heard in the lyrics of  “I am a Walrus

“Semolina Pilchard, climbing up the Eiffel Tower.
Elementary penguin singing Hare Krishna.
Man, you should have seen them kicking Edgar Allan Poe.”

When the song “Across the Universe” was playing, the protagonist was on a subway train and in a confused state.  The phrase “Jai guru deva” is repeated several times in the lyrics.

As he looks out the window of the subway, he sees another train passing in  the other direction and there is a relatively long sequence where Hare Krishna devotees are seen dancing down the aisle of that train.  He seems bewildered but interested.

If you don’t watch DVDs this may not be worth making an exception for but if you are going to watch one anyway this one is better than most of the stuff in the mainstream media.

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