Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The exciting adventure of Paul on the floor.

When you haven't seen a movie in 42 years, except a couple of viewings on television, you wonder how it will hold up. Help! is just as delightful today as it was in 1965.

After making the pseudo-documentary A Hard Day's Night, they wanted to do something different. Director Richard Lester said that a documentary of their lives in 1965 would have been X-rated, so they needed a plot.

This is a wonderful movie. It's not a satire, it has no political references, it's not a drug-induced trip movie, it's just silly. I guess you could call it a parody of spy movies, Bond movies in particular.

Mostly it's filled with terrific locales, wonderful music (Beatles songs and incidental music as well), hilarious British character actors, and lots of witty dialogue.

It's not stupid/good, cause it's not stupid. It's too fluffy to be stupid or good. I like it a lot, but it will never make the Top 100.

I can say no more.

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