I’ve been so busy with home renovations lately that I haven’t found time to watch anything other than the DVD and Blu-ray screeners in my “must review” pile. So when I got stuck in line at Costco the other day, I took the opportunity to check Amazon Prime on my Pixel 4 to see what I’ve been missing. One of the top titles was Chapter 27, which I’ve been interested in seeing since it came out in 2007. The film is a look into the life of Mark David Chapman over the course of the three days leading up to him shooting, and killing, John Lennon. I’m not a fan of viewing movies on a small screen, but it was hard to stop watching Chapter 27 once I started thanks mainly to Jared Leto’s amazing portrayal of Chapman (he gained over 60 pounds for the role and is nearly unrecognizable). After 10 minutes I decided to wait until I got home to finish the movie properly and give it my full attention.
It’s hard to call Chapter 27 a good movie. For the most part it only touches on the subject at hand without digging into who Chapman was and where he came from. That said, it is interesting to get an idea as to what Chapman’s motives were, his fascination with J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and how he tried to stop himself from doing what he did. Of course, only taking what we see in a fictional Hollywood account as fact would be silly (the film did make me want to learn more about Chapman and the horrific event so it does deserve some praise). I’m sure hardcore Lennon fans will be offended at the whole concept of Chapter 27, and the fact that another Mark Chapman, Mark Lindsay Chapman, portrays Lennon, is sure to piss a few people off too.
Chapter 27 streams in HD on a compatible device. I had no issues watching it on the XBOX 360 or on the Pixel 4.
Watch the trailer for Chapter 27 below: