Commissioned by Yoko Ono, who gave the filmmakers access to hundreds of hours of film and audio recordings made by the artist in his lifetime, IMAGINE: JOHN LENNON is as thorough a documentation of Lennon's life as could be expected to fit into a 100-minute running time. It provides no
great depth and generally steers away from Lennon's dark side. But it treats him with the respect he deserves without being mawkish or too fan-oriented.
The film's structure crosscuts a chronological recounting of Lennon's life with footage taken at his Tittenhurst Estate in 1971, as he was recording the album "Imagine." It's a sensible choice, given that this was Lennon's most po...