Confession time -- I grew up with The Beatles. They hit the music scene in the U.S. in 1964 when I was 9 years old. I was enthralled. From that time on, I really wanted to play guitar and drums. Many books and movies have been written and made about the early days of The Beatles. Nowhere Boy could have been just another in the bunch.
Instead of focusing on how The Beatles got together, it brings the viewers attention to the stormy early life of John Lennon. I can't vouch for the accuracy of the film. So many different stories have been told even by John Lennon himself that it is hard to separate fact from fiction. Yet, the film rings true in feeling if not completely in fact. Paul and George are there, but more as background figures. Featured are the roles of Aunt Mimi and John's mother Julia and the up and down relationships he had with these two. I won't add much more except to say that when the film was finished I had not realized how much time had passed. It held my attention all the way through.