Nowhere Boy chronicles John Lennon’s (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) teenage years in the mundane town of Liverpool. Abandoned by his parents, John has lived with his Uncle George (David Threlfall) and Aunt Mimi (Kristin Scott Thomas) since he was a toddler. When his Uncle passes away, his home life becomes strained under the strict eye of his Aunt. John reconnects with his mother (Anne-Marie Duff), who introduces him to provocative rock’n’roll music, teaches him to play the banjo and lets him cut class to spend time with her. John soon gathers a band together where he meets Paul McCartney and takes the first steps towards the creation of The Beatles.
In a different change of pace, this biopic focuses on Lennon’s reckless adolescence and family life instead of his soon-to-be iconic music. It brings an epic rockstar many of us have known our entire lives, down to a more relatable level. The young Aaron Taylor-Johnston gives a very angsty performance which feels a little over the top at times. Anne-Marie Duff does comes off too flirtatious for a newly formed mother-son relationship but Kristin Scott Thomas outshines them all with her steely demeanor.