I was expecting to hate it. Hell, I was planning to hate it.
To my utter surprise, it's actually quite moving. Visually amazing, as well, although that part isn't a surprise; Julie Taymor really is a bit of a genius, as it turns out. Of course, T-Bone Burnett, who supervised the music, most of which is exquisite, is the real hero of the piece.
I was hoping that the gospel version of "Let It Be" was on YouTube, but while we're waiting this clip gives you a pretty fair idea of what the film is like.
Obviously, this is gonna be a real pop culture Rorschach Test....
Postscript: I seem to have read somewhere that the studio mucked with Taymor's edit; don't know if it's true, but the happy ending does feel totally tacked on. Has any reviewer noticed?
Another postscript: My former colleague Maitland McDonagh -- one of the sharpest film critics wearing shoe leather -- nails the movie here.