A fictionalized account of what may have happened when John Lennon and Brian Epstein went on holiday together to Spain in 1963.
User Reviews: A very low-budget indie film – and, boy, does it show! – that is barely an hour long. A theoretical look into one of the most debatable topics in music history.
Ian Hart and David Angus really appeared to nail their roles (in some angles, Hart even resembles the real Lennon!). The conversations Lennon and Epstein had, the way they were worded, I could easily imagine in real-life. There’s also scenes showing how different they are from each other — for example, John speaks to his wife, Cynthia, on the phone in a bit of an aloof manner, contrasting to Brian’s more loving conversation with his mother.
Lennon was known for the way he’d taunt Epstein for his sexuality and heritage (but, ultimately, did love him); while the film doesn’t shy away from this behavior, it’s also weirdly framed between the line of simple teasing and being sexually charged.
I was surprised to detect seemingly mutual sexual tension between the men — obviously, scriptwriter-director Christopher Münch’s intention.
This could also just be me, but there were some shots that reminded me of other LGBT-themed films: the two main characters looking at each other through the mirror like in Carol (2015); and the two conversing outside at a table, similarly with Elio and Oliver in Call Me by Your Name (2018).
A decent effort, although I do wish this was a little longer, if not just to answer the question, "Did they or didn’t they?"
I will give The Hours & Times a re-watch coming next year.