The Killing of John Lennon – review

The Biography Channel did a chilling documentary about Mark Chapman a few years ago. It worked well because it showed what The Beatles and Lennon meant to Chapman at specific points in his life and how events turned Chapman’s hero worship into hate and led him to commit murder.

Unfortunately, this latest film does none of that. It follows Chapman’s life in the eight months leading up to the act – an odd decision, since from the beginning and throughout the film, Chapman is presented as being nothing other than crazy.

You sit watching the film hoping to gain some insight into why he did what he did, but all you’re presented with is a running monologue of how he felt.

That said, the performance of Jonas Ball as Mark Chapman is brilliant and manages to nail that slightly off-kilter creepy quality you’d expect to find from a man on the street.

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