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Stop worrying! HELP! is on the way!
This Beatles film has an obscure Asian cult, that believes in human sacrifice, chasing Ringo after he accidentally put on the their victim's ceremonial ring. He is pursued by the cult, a pair of mad scientists, a member of a side cult that no longer believes in human sacrifice, and the London police who are trying to help.
Just a silly goofy fun movie. The Beatles made this at the peak of their popularity. The plot has something to do with a magical ring that Ringo has stuck on his hand....but plot is not really too important to a movie like this one. Seeing the Beatles hang out, sing and play is what this one is all about. Watching this movie is like taking a ride on a time machine.
Review In A Nutshell:
The Beatles is an amazing band; their music has played a large part of my life, therefore even if films like Help! show the gang in underwhelming material, my adoration for them will never fade. I came into the film with exceedingly massive expectations as A Hard Day's Night is one my personal favourite films.
The core difference between the two films is that Help! features a driving plot, while their debut film was simply a day in the life type of tale. Right off the bat this film had me going what the hell; its absurdity in its storytelling and humour never rests, it bombards the audience with joke after joke, divided into obvious episodic…
As it usually goes, this is much more than just yer typical silly, fun romp with Lester and the Beatles.
It is also a satire on British imperialism, on the state of the British government in the postwar era.
It is a commentary on its own making—a bastard orphan that is the product of spy movies, popular music, Godard, Motown, Ernie Kovacs, and the Goons. (It wears its mutt identity proudly on its sleeve).
It is a riveting indictment on the hijacking of artistic purity for dubious socio-political-economic reasons.
It is a visionary antecedent for the 80s music video, continuing the subversive work of Jerry Lewis in the narrative field and A Hard Day's Night in the video field.
"John: Stop dragging things down to your own level, it's immature son.
Ringo: I thought, Well I... I thought she was a sandwich, 'til she went spare on me hand."
I have just recently seen two Beatles movies for the first time, those being A Hard Day's Night and Yellow Submarine, until seeing those movies i had of course heard of the band and i knew a few songs but seeing those two movies really inspired me to go and check them out with more dept and what i found is truly great, their music is still fresh and cool after 50 years and so were the two movies but the question is "would Help! also be great and still…
Perhaps there is no greater example of such a melding of anarchy and purity as Lester’s two masterpieces with the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night and Help! Lennon famously quipped at the end of shooting Help! that he felt “like an extra in my own fucking movie.” While this didn’t stop him from joining Lester the following year in shooting How I Won the War, there is a certain truth to this statement. In the first film, the Beatles are the center-stage, with special attention paid to the way they react, bounce around, and waste time before a concert that—at the end of the day—only means they have to do yet another show. In Help!, their role is minimized for…
Cinema missed out on not having a Richard Lester/Beatles movie once a year. This is madcap gold.
This film would not have worked at all if 'The Beatles' didn't have the energy and comedic timing they do, Ringo in particular.
Nowhere near as good as 'A Hard Day's Night', but not bad either way.
the beatles reunite with director richard lestor and hit another home run
you know, i had my sgt. pepper phase and my abbey road phase like everyone else, but now that i'm years removed from the time that i was obsessed with the beatles, the early stuff carries a lot more importance to me than the later stuff. anyway this movie is kinda racist but i love it
If you're a Beatlemaniac it's a must see. The story is great, it's pure english comedy (very bizarre and sober at the same time).
The original soundtrack (not the beatles' songs, but the other music that's in it) is very nice too.
The movie would also work without the Beatles' music.
I've seen it many many times.
Also, if you particularly love Ringo, you'll love him even more after watching this film.
Boring, ridiculous and stupid. The only thing of value in this movie are the completely disconnected musical sequences, which are impressive in their influence of the development of music videos. But not worth getting through the stupid plot to get to them.
Seeing Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night a short while ago started me on a Beatle's kick, and so I picked up this 90 minutes of glorious insanity. Help!, the second Beatle's feature operates on a far larger and more nonsensical scale than the first. In fact, it's one of the craziest things I've ever seen, with humour bordering on the random absurdity of Monty Python, such as the following title cards that appear 30 minutes in: "End Of Part One. Intermission." Two seconds later: "End Of Intermission. Part Two."
A Hard Day's Night charted a fictionalised few days in the life of The Beatles. The plot of Help!, as it is, centres on a murderous thuggee cult (and some…
Lots of good bits but a bit chaotic for me
Wasnt as good as A Hard Days Night but i still really liked it.
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