The film takes us on a journey inside the restless, demented mind of Mark David Chapman, the man who killed John Lennon on December 8, 1980.
Our featured film for this week’s Friday Movie Flashback is The Killing of John Lennon. Written and directed by Andrew Piddington, the film a chilling portrait of Mark David Chapman, John Lennon’s murderer.
The film takes you inside the mind of the socially awkward and demented 25-year old Chapman and chronicles his journey to insanity three months prior to the shooting. It contains scenes depicting his relationship with his estranged mother, his marriage to Gloria, a Japanese national, and his passage to becoming a killer. It is peppered with flashbacks from Chapman’s early life, even showing supposed polaroid shots from his childhood.
The Killing of John Lennon illustrates how Chapman idolized and later detested Lennon, and gives a detailed account of Chapman’s fascination with J.D. Salinger’s The Cather in the Rye, linking his obsession and affinity with the novel’s protagonist to his provocation for committing murder.
Even if you already know what’s bound to happen by the end of the movie, The Killing of John Lennon is a film that you will pay attention to from start to finish. The story is told from a first-person point of view, in the voice of Jonas Ball who plays Mark David Chapman, a narration that is both intriguing and eerie at the same time. You’ll love the shot, the scenery, and the cinematography, which are more reminiscent of the the 70’s actually. You’ll see palm tree-lined and sparsely populated streets of Hawaii in contrast to the hustle and bustle of New York, properly dressed cab drivers, and a photo of JFK, even. If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll be pleased with the old footage and snapshots of the Fab Four and Beatles-related incidents, as well as of John Lennon with his wife Yoko Ono. You will love watching this film.
Watch the trailer after the jump, and get hooked.
“I was a nobody until I killed the biggest somebody on earth.”
Since it was British-produced, the film was not released in the United States until 2008. Nevertheless, The Killing of John Lennon was cited by CNN as “an Indie Masterpiece.”