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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…
i love jane saul greg and bingo
"It was you buzzing, you naughty boy."
Help!, the latest bash from the Beatles, was a distinct disappointment to me, not merely because I expected more from a follow-up to A Hard Day's Night but also because I had happened to see the brilliant trailer for Help! before I saw Help! itself. Not that A Hard Day's Night can now be written off as a happy accident. Director Richard Lester clearly has the knack as well as The Knack, and the Beatles look and sound as if they will endure a while longer. The songs in Help! are down a few notches from the extraordinary level of the score for A Hard Day's Night, but the title song for Help!, despite its drippings of teenage melancholia, is…
"Every half-baked highdea Lester & the boys had made it to the screen without filter and the results can include some great gags & striking imagery in the film’s long string of throwaway moments. However, as a whole Help! is messy in a druggy, pot-addled way that a lot of comedies would come to be in the decade that followed. Still, you could do much worse that watching the greatest band of all time get stoned off their asses & act like goofballs in-between tour dates for two hours & Help! remains consistently entertaining, even in its blasé, ramshackle state of dazed giddiness."
i love jane saul greg and bingo
Last night my partner was going out to meet some friends and as she was getting ready I listened to Rubber Soul. This is my younger son’s record, a vinyl copy he bought a few years ago, and at the moment he is filling in time waiting to go into higher education next summer and lives across town with friends, but he visits about once a week and he must have played this on one of his visits and then left it in our sitting room. Then when my partner was driving across the city she noticed our son walking along: he was on his way to visit, so my partner picked him up, turned around and brought him back...and…
August 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #9: A film that you'd watch primarily for the music!
First off, I have to say that I am a fan of the Beatles and I really liked A Hard Day’s Night, the band's previous film. However, unlike its predecessor, I didn't really like Help!. I found the film to be way too silly and not that funny, although it had its moments. The Beatles were pretty cool though, and the music was great as expected.
Exploding with silliness and fun, this is the Beatles version of a James Bond movie. Iconic scenes, smash cuts to awesome songs, the swoonworthy cuteness of Paul McCartney: this has it all.
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