Directed by Jessica Leski, I Used To Be Normal – A Boyband Fangirl Story is a new documentary about four different women whose lives were dramatically changed by their love of a boyband – The Beatles, Take That, Backstreet Boys and One Direction.
Hopefully this documentary won’t make too many people think that fans of boybands are all obsessed in the same way the ladies in this documentary are.
Back in my boyband loving days, I had posters on my walls and fantasised about marrying a certain boyband member. Overall though, I think that if anyone would have had the power to turn me into a screaming, jumping, crying and fainting kind of fan, it would have probably been Michael Jackson. May he rest.
Which pop culture icons are you or were you screaming, jumping, crying and fainting kind of obsessed with?
Ron Howard is the director of the brand new The Beatles documentary, The Beatles – Eight Days A Week, The Touring Years. The film is comprised of found footage featuring music, interviews and stories about their 250 concerts from 1963 to 1966…
I’ve never really listened to a Beatles record on account of their seemingly slow rock style not being one of my favourite genres. However, they were undoubtedly a phenomenon so I’m a little bit curious. I also recently re-watched and enjoyed Nowhere Boy (2009), the story of John Lennon’s adolescence featuring a bnotable performance by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
I’m looking forward to witnessing the madness of ‘Beatle mania’ and generally being a little more enlightened.
By the end of Nowhere Boy I found myself wondering why it is that we don’t see Aaron Taylor-Johnson in more movies. His performance as John Lennon is really quite impressive.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, Nowhere Boy tells the story of celebrated musician, activist and The Beatles co-founder John Lennon. We get to find out about the unconventional circumstances of his adolescent years, his relationship with key relatives and of course, the events that lead to the founding of The Beatles.
The movie appealed to me – not so much for the music of the mid 1950s era, even though that is a highlight. The big draw for me was my curiosity about the beginnings of Lennon and as a fan of great acting, I was drawn to the the key cast and their portrayals.
The performances by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristen Scott Thomas, Ann-Marie Duff and David Threlfall (of TV show Shameless – the original UK version ) really stood out for me. I particularly loved the powerful, well paced and perfectly choreographed confrontation scene towards the end. That moment took me back to my High School and College drama class days when you know that you’re experiencing something that just really works.
Watch it for all the reasons above; 1950’s music, fashion, the story and performances you won’t be forgetting too soon.