The Killing of John Lennon

2007

Crime / Drama

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IMDb Rating 6.3

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Reviewed by ridleyrules 8

I saw this movie at the 2007 International Film Festival of Rotterdam. The director was present at the screening for a Q&amp;A. I saw a finished cut, &quot;straight from the Avid&quot;, but with at least partly a temp soundtrack.<br/><br/>Plot summary: This is a dramatized telling of the events surrounding the murder of John Lennon by Mark David Chapman. Chapman (Jonas Ball) is the central character here. We follow his footsteps in the months before and after the killing.<br/><br/>I have recently seen the documentary The US vs John Lennon (2006), It filled a gap in my knowledge about Lennon in the 70&#39;s.<br/><br/>This movie, &quot;The Killing of John Lennon&quot; is not a documentary, rather a nonfiction drama. It answers some of the questions about Lennon&#39;s death that I still had ofter seeing &quot;The US...&quot; The challenge with this type of story is of course: how do you keep a movie interesting when the protagonist is so obviously not a very nice character. I like how this was handled here. There is a good balance between keeping a healthy emotional distance from this criminal, while keeping things interesting. Ted Demme&#39;s&quot;Blow&quot; (2001), a similar type of movie about a famous drugs criminal did not have this balance,. I think, where &quot;The Killing...&quot; does.<br/><br/>Director Andrew Piddington states in the opening titles &quot;All of Mark David Chapman&#39;s words are his own.&quot; This is important to know, I think, because we get to hear Chapman&#39;s words during most of the movie. In dialogs and in voice-over as he recalls the events. It is clear that Piddington has put a lot of research into this, though , He obviously used other sources besides Chapman&#39;s testimony.<br/><br/>The end result is a well-made film. Jonas Ball is almost constantly on-screen, and he gives a very believable performance.<br/><br/>Even though this was (as the director told later) made with a very low budget, it feels very well produced and expensive. The creation of the time period is very well done. The cinema scope photography is flawless. I also liked the score, but what I heard was at least partly a temporary soundtrack. E,g, for scenes in the car and taxicab a piece from &quot;The Thin Red Line&quot; (composer Hans Zimmer) was used. The director said this would not be in the final film.<br/><br/>The only flaw that I can see, is that after 3/4 of the movie, it started to feel a bit longish. All in all a very worthwhile watch: 8/10.<br/><br/>Screenplay Trivia: The movie was made without cooperation by Chapman (or Ono, for that matter. All of Chapman&#39;s testimonies are public, so that was used to get Chapman&#39;s words.<br/><br/>Production Trivia: The entire project took 4 years to realize. Much of that went into research and getting financing.

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Reviewed by heffay111 4

As a film, &quot;The Killing of John Lennon&quot; is extremely well done. It is expertly crafted. Well directed. Well acted. Well edited. Well shot. But that is a technical appraisal. I have a difficult time respecting this film because its emotional impact relies on one and only one factor, John Lennon&#39;s murder. If you do not care about John Lennon, the film has no impact. This is why this talented filmmaker chose his subject. Had he made a nearly identical fictional film that featured the murder of someone who the audience does not literally love, he&#39;d have a film that very few would feel the need to watch. He&#39;d also have a film that I could respect. <br/><br/>Instead, he has a film that Beatles and Lennon fans will watch, even if it in spite of themselves. And if Sean Lennon or Yoko Ono said, &quot;You&#39;re raping John&#39;s corpse,&quot; well, I don&#39;t see how the filmmaker or the company that might buy and release this film could deny that in fact their money is soaked with John&#39;s blood.<br/><br/>The director himself was both arrogant and evasive at the Q&amp;A after the movie. Someone in the audience asked, &quot;Do you think Chapman would be happy after seeing this film?&quot; Instead of answering, the director said, &quot;I don&#39;t think he will ever get out of prison, and if he does someone will shoot him immediately.&quot; I assume that he avoided a real answer because the real answer is, &quot;Yes. He&#39;d be ecstatic. The fact that there&#39;s not one but two films about him will completely affirm whatever parts of his psychotic mind still cling to his desire to be someone. I&#39;ve made Chapman very happy, that is for certain, even he never sees this movie.&quot; I did want to ask why he titled the film with &quot;Killing&quot; and not &quot;Murder.&quot; He seemed the sort to enjoy a discussion on semantics.<br/><br/>I support this director&#39;s right to do the wrong thing, and only wish he&#39;d have either chosen to not exercise it or would have made some effort, even if it were a disclaimer at the end of the film to express an acknowledgment of the exploitation and perhaps make amends for it. I am not saying that the filmmaker has to donate some or all of his profits from this film to a charity that supports the families of murder victims, but I am saying that he should. The Lennon family certainly doesn&#39;t need the profits, if there are any, from this film. And the filmmaker should not want the profits, because it is not his skills that will draw an audience but John&#39;s name and the world&#39;s affection for him.<br/><br/>I give this film a 4 because technically it earns a 7 and thematically earns a 1, which averages to 4.

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Reviewed by leaningt 7

&quot;I was nobody, until I killed the biggest somebody on earth&quot;. The words of Mark David Chapman perfectly sums-up this Andrew Piddington biopic of the estranged murderer of John Lennon. Not only does the film track Chapman&#39;s movements in the months leading up to the fateful event, but it also follows what happened to the killer from the moment he shot the infamous Beatle, right through to his committal into a psychiatric hospital. The unknown Jonas Ball&#39;s portrayal of Chapman is splendidly subtle and disturbing and combined with the artful and experimental direction of Piddington, &#39;The Killing of John Lennon&#39; makes for an aesthetically pleasing yet chilling examination into the mind of a killer who just wanted to be famous.

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