The Beatles was a revolutionary band of young men in the sixties, known for their pop melodies and their rockin' tunes. But what do you know of their movies? Well let's see...A Hard Day's Night. Okay, we have a winner here. Box office hit, musical genius, Oscar nod for writing, gained respect from general audience. Okay.
From there, the downfall begins.
Now, don't get me wrong. I like the Beatles. I may not be a child of the sixties -- you know, flower power and shit like that -- but I do like my Beatles. But really.
HELP! is the archtypical sixties movie in the way of it's aesthetics. You've got it's fashions, it's slang, it's houses. Keep in mind where John Lennon slept in the movie -- HE SLEPT IN A FRIGGIN HOLE IN THE FLOOR! BUT IT WAS COOL! THAT'S THE SIXTIES FOR YOU!
HELP!'s downfall is quite frankly that it is fragmented into so many pieces that the narrative is lost. You leave the movie quite confused. Stylistically it's sound, musically it's sound, but in terms of the plot, it is all but sound. One might call it... insane?
Maybe that's what John, Paul, George and Ringo were looking for, but then it defeats the purpose of utilizing the medium of film. Film and cinema is all about story telling. You are telling a story. If The Beatles WERE indeed looking for a movie that made them look funny and not concentrate on the plot, then what we have is NOT a movie, but what we have is ninety minute commercial for HELP! the CD.All that said, I've got to say, that for a movie, I was disappointed, but for a Beatles advert, I was entertained. It is quite funny in it's own Monkee's sort of shtick. I would recommend HELP!... the soundtrack.