Theatrical Review: CHAPTER 27

by: Chase Whale
March 28th, 2008

Rating: 5.5/10

Director: J.P. Schaefer
Writers: J.P. Schaefer, Jack Jones (novel)
Cast: Jared Leto, Lindsay Lohan, Ursula Abbott

CHAPTER 27 takes up where Catcher in the Rye leaves off. It follows Mark David Chapman in his final (free) three days leading up to his murder of John Lennon. Mark looked was obsessed with the book Catcher in the Rye and often believed he was Holden Caulfield, the book's main character. Catcher was even found at the scene of the crime, and Mark was quoted saying that John Lennon knew where ducks flew during the winter and he needed to know where that was, which was a reference to Catcher in the Rye.

You have to hand it to Jared Leto, who melted gallons of Chocolate Haagen-dazs ice cream in the microwave and drank it to gain almost 70 pounds for the role of crazy Mark David Chapman. He transformed his "My So Called Life" handsome face to a fat man with the penguin walk and squeaky voice unrecognizable as Jared's own. The opening shot will have you in awe, I guarantee it. I was told they even had to wheel him to the set because he had fluid build up in his legs, but you should see this movie for his performance alone.

Despite the film's supremely intriguing subject matter, it lacks is interest in anything other than Jared's fat stomach and the direction is flat out dull. For the majority of the film we follow Mark to the park several times, we see him walk around in his underwear (just another opportunity to show how much weight Jared Leto has gainged for the role), and stand outside John Lennon's apartment building, The Dakota, while he talks to Jude (Lindsay Lohan), a Beatles fan. Note to Hollywood: She sucks, stop giving her work.

You know going into this film Mark kills John Lennon, but you don't really learn much about his character from the opening credits to the final shot (pun intended). You're primarily given the knowledge that Jared did a lot of prepping to get into character for his portrayal of a damaged man with a slight case of boredom.

Also, as a weird and interesting side note, Mark Lindsay Chapman plays John Lennon in this film. Mark David Chapman is the one that shot John down.

Below is the actual infamous photo Paul Goresh took of John Lennon and Mark David Chapman. Click to enlarge.
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