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Magical Mystery Tour
A typically Beatlesque film originally produced for television, this short film was intended to be an off-the-wall road movie with the Beatles and three dozen or so friends on a psychedelic bus.
It makes an acid trip with The Beatles not the most amazing thing ever.
'Magical Mystery Tour' sees the Beatles on one of those dull, dull, bus trips around the countryside.
Except of course this trip keeps getting interrupted by strange happenings and visions, and has some classic Beatles tracks including 'Flying' (with lots of colour filter changes which would have really looked rubbish when this film first aired on TV, in black and white!); 'Blue Jay Way' (in which George drones on while playing a keyboard drawn on a rock); 'Your Mother Should Know' (with the cheesy 'coming down the stairs' bit); 'The Fool on the Hill' (where Paul stands on a hill, natch); and, best of all, 'I Am The Walrus' (with eggmen, walruses, and other strange beings, and some funky spaced…
So the Beatles have made a film with the same whimsy and subversive unconventionality with which they made their music. Except, you know, without the genius, inspiration, or technical proficiency.
The "Death Cab For Cutie" scene is brilliant though, and pretty much invents David Lynch. Even their table scraps innovate.
Edit: upon further consideration, I'm changing my rating from 1.5 stars to 2.5 stars. It's still not a good film, but the Lynch comparison is an interesting one. There are a handful of interesting scenes. The famous spaghetti scene is made memorable by Lennon's perverse performance. The improvised wizard scenes have some real spontaneity to them. And the romantic dream sequence maybe even evokes some emotion. There's the seeds of an interesting film here. Ultimately it fails, however, because the MO is "too cool to care."
Hadn't seen this since a baffled viewing as a kid. Despite its reputation for being a bit of a mess, I found it entirely warm and charming, and although it is silly and indulgent it's also touched by genius (well, of course it is, it's The Beatles). There is so much to love - Victor Spinetti's very funny sergeant major, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and inevitably the simply brilliant musical sequences. There is probably not much more to it than the band having fun, but if you scratch the surface you can sense the pain they were going through in their personal lives, and nostalgia for the Britain of their youth, by then left far behind.
Ultimately, you have to admire that four years after Love Me Do the band was using their position to inflict this on a Christmas viewing public. It's hard to imagine One Direction doing the same.
It was all I expected and more! A wonderful mix of Jodorowsky and Monthy Python! So unorthodox in both the way of shooting and the cutting of the movie! With all this seemingly nonsense clips and story you don't know whether it is all pointless or if it's some deep symbolic meaning behind it. Just the way I love it.
5/5! Awesome movie and such a delight for the eyes!
The existence of this is truly too baffling to completely dislike it. Plus those final sequences are genuinely great,
(Review to come soon here and at The Solute)
Somehow I've ended up watching this more than once and I still cannot make heads or tails of it
where are the jokes?? the plot? any substance at all?? why did i watch this twice??
This movie is so odd and weird that everytime I watch it, it makes me cringe a little. But there are some good reasons that make me keep watching it:
1) The Beatles (did anybody have any doubt about this?);
2) The I Am The Walrus part, that is amazingly absurd;
3) Paul McCartney was a total babe.
"Away in the sky, beyond the clouds, live 4 or 5 Magicians. By casting wonderful spells they turn the Most Ordinary Coach Trip into a Magical Mystery Tour."
Bizarre, wacky, surreal and most probably a Paul McCartney acid trip; but still the Magical Mystery Tour is somewhat enjoyable.
"The Magical Mystery Tour is coming to take you away..."
I'm a massive fan of The Beatles. I'd definitely put them in my top 5 favourite bands of all time.
Which is why I found this wacky nonsense a little more watchable than regular wacky nonsense. None of it makes sense and you can tell it's all one of Paul's LSD trips put to film, but the songs are good and The Beatles win you over by, well, just being the Beatles.
Wizards, fat aunts, avante-garde music videos, and a colorful van traveling in the country with four tripped out Beatles and a couple dozen passengers.
This is my least favorite Beatles movie yet, but there's still something intriguing about it. It's no doubt that the music and the video accompanying it is fantastic, but all the parts in between are somewhat boring and drag on. For only an hour, I was waiting for it to end. Still, I could see how this would have a cult following.
Don't get historical.
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