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Beatles, The: Help!
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Directed By
Richard Lester

Written By:
Marc Behm, Charles Wood

Cast:
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron, Victor Spinetti, Roy Kinnear, John Bluthal, Patrick Cargill, Alfie Bass, Warren Mitchell, Peter Copley, Bruce Lacey


 
Beatles, The: Help! (1965)
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Movie Review by BillyBob
February 3rd, 2012

NOTHING COULD HELP "HELP!"

Because it stars THE BEATLES, HELP! is the one film that you simply wouldn't dare give a low rating to (or, would you?), even though, aside from a few good moments, it wasn't all that funny, nor was it entertaining enough to hold my interest for very long.

In fact, a lot of the time, I found HELP! to be downright stupid, its juvenile mentality specifically geared to the non-thinking, BEATLE-crazed teens of that fukked-up era of Pop Music History.

Naturally, HELP! was just another opportunity to showcase THE BEATLES and promote their latest album of #1 hit songs, which included such tunes as Ticket To Ride, You're Gonna Lose That Girl, and, of course, the film's title tune, "Help!".

The truth of the matter is - As hopelessly inferior as it was, had this film starred any other Pop group, other than the likes of THE BEATLES, then you can surely bet that it would've probably killed those band member's careers as musicians, like, pronto!

Besides having a really weak script that, at times, bordered on pure nonsense, I understand that a lot of HELP!'s problems came directly from THE BEATLES, themselves.

At this early point in their music/movie careers The Fab 4 had just discovered the wonders of "marijuana". Since the boys were constantly engulfed in such a thick haze of dope smoke during filming, they couldn't remember their lines and were forever going into convulsions of uncontrollable tittering and giggling.

As you can well-imagine, the film crew came close, many times, to blowing their tops when scene after scene was botched by more fits of incessant "Beatle" laughter and another retake had to be done. Naturally, since this was "THE BEATLES" that we're talking about here, the crew kow-towed to every whim of Pop Music's new-found royalty, kept their mouths shut, and continued filming at a literal snail's pace.

HELP!'s story revolves around RINGO getting a certain ring of special significance stuck on his finger, which sends the ring's owner and his followers chasing after the poor bloke. Moving around from London, to the Swiss Alps, to the Bahamas, JOHN, PAUL and GEORGE do what they can to keep their pal from coming to any harm, as everything going on around them gets crazier and more blown out of proportion by the minute.

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Dash Riprock
Feb 3, 2012 12:03 PM
 
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Dash Riprock
Feb 3, 2012 12:04 PM
 
Thanks for blasting this Beatles movie. It deserves it.

KoKo
Feb 4, 2012 9:01 PM
 
You have no right saying what you said about this movie!



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