From the names of the characters (Jude, Lucy, Max, Sadie, Prudence, Jojo, etc.), to the cameo appearances, I thought Across the Universe was a great ride. A love story that takes place in the 60's is the central focus. It is surrounded by self-searching, the Vietnam war and some crazy characters. All of this is done through the lyrics of Beatles' songs. Yes, this film is a musical. I thought it was put together in a very clever way. The lyrics of the songs are telling the story. So cool that when the characters randomly break into song, the words are perfect (thanks Lennon and McCartney). The combination of live action and animation brings just enough fantasy to soften the issues of the 60's. Cameo appearances by Bono, Joe Cocker, Eddie Izzard and Salma Hayek add to the mix. This film was so much fun for me!