Julian Lennon had an incredibly difficult relationship with his father, John Lennon, which was further complicated by the success of The Beatles and their music. As a result, Julian had to grapple with his own sense of identity and his place in his father’s legacy.
In a recent interview, Julian opened up about how he felt watching the movie Yesterday, a romantic comedy that features a prominent scene with John Lennon’s song “Imagine.” According to Julian, the scene was “weird” and “jarring” and took him out of the movie.
The scene in question involves a couple who are the only ones in a bar and the man singing the song “Imagine” to the woman. As the song progresses, the couple starts to dance and embrace, and the camera shifts to a close-up of the man singing, revealing that it is John Lennon.
Julian said that the scene was “jarring” and “weird” because his father was not a dancer, and he would never have sung the song that way. He said he felt like the scene was exploiting his father’s death and that it felt like “they were using his death to make something beautiful.”
Julian went on to explain that while he is appreciative of the fact that people still love his father’s music and are inspired by it, he wishes the filmmakers had found a different way to portray the emotion of the song. He said, “It’s a beautiful song, and it’s a beautiful thought, but I just wish they had chosen a different way to capture that emotion.”
Julian also said that he was surprised that the filmmakers chose to use his father’s song in the movie since it was not a “romantic” song. He said, “It was not a romantic scene. It was a very poignant scene. It was a very uncomfortable scene for me to watch, and it was very jarring.”
In the end, Julian said he was glad that the filmmakers chose to use his father’s song in the movie, but he wished they had done it in a different way. He said, “I understand why they chose it, but I wish they had done it in a different way.”
Despite his mixed feelings about the scene, Julian said he still enjoys watching Yesterday and appreciates the way it has connected people with John Lennon’s music. He said, “I still like the movie, and I’m glad that it’s been able to bring people together and remember my father’s music.”
Overall, it is clear that Julian Lennon has complicated feelings about the use of his father’s song in Yesterday. While he understands why the filmmakers chose to use it and are glad that it has been able to bring people together and remember his father’s music, he still wishes they had gone about it in a different way. Ultimately, it is up to each viewer to decide how they feel about the scene, but it is clear that Julian Lennon found it to be a “weird” and “jarring” experience.