February 9, 2014
Movie Night: A Hard Day's Night.
Review #541: A Hard Day's Night.
John Lennon (John), Paul McCartney (Paul), George Harrison (George), Ringo Starr (Ringo), Wilfrid Brambell (Grandfather), Norman Rossington (Norm), John Junkin (Shake), Victor Spinetti (T.V. Director), and Anna Quayle (Millie) Directed by Richard Lester.
Ah yes, the Beatles. Fifty years ago on this day, The Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and in honor of that, I'm reviewing The Beatles' first film. I don't know exactly what I expected from a film like this, but I was nevertheless surprised at the result. This is a strange, but clever movie that is extremely entertaining to watch and to listen to. The Beatles themselves are entertaining as entertainers but also as people, and the screenplay seems really natural, really in touch with the film's tone. The music is good, it flows well and it adds a depth of style to the movie. The supporting cast is entertaining (especially Brambell), and the comedy is pretty nice, fun to watch all the antics in the film. Lester does a good job directing and the movie has a good pace along with a good heart. This is truly a classic and fun for anyone wanting more of the Beatles, or just for a good ol' musical with a great deal of fun.
Overall, I give it 9 out of 10 stars.