Musings of a Museum Fanatic: Beatles Movies

7.22.2014

Beatles Movies

I've shared before my love for the Beatles but I haven't shared what is probably my absolute favorite endeavors are their movies. Most people I encounter never knew that there are Beatles movies. Well let me tell you if you haven't seen them you are missing out!



Magical Mystery Tour 
Airing on TV in 1967 this is my least favorite of their movies. I have tried a couple of times over the years to actually sit down and watch the whole movie but haven't been able to yet. Maybe I just haven't been in the right mind set or maybe because the songs it features aren't really my favorites but it's wacky, spaced out psychedelicness just can't hold me. 


Yellow Submarine  
Since I devoted an entire post to my crazy number three favorite of theirs I won't talk about it too much! The first time I made Kevin watch it with me he just sat there for about a good five minutes afterwards and I could tell he was just trying to comprehend the crazy that he had just seen. It was pretty glorious! 


A Hard Day's Night
A mockumentary that has the band preparing for their first London show (Hmmm I guess the plot of Spice World wasn't so original!) with Ringo and Paul's grandfather getting in to all sorts of trouble. British actor, Victor Spinetti, started his long running Beatles relationship in his role as the television director in A Hard Day's Night. Filled with jokes and cheeky dialogue regarding their fame and themselves in general. With six made for the movie songs the soundtrack has twoof my top Beatles songs, "A Hard Day's Night" and "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You". Just a few weeks ago on July 6, 2014 the movie celebrated it's 50th anniversary!




Help!
My number one all time favorite Beatles movie is without a doubt their second movie, Help! A total departure from A Hard Day's Night, Help! starts with a woman about to be sacrificed as part of an eastern cult ritual, but they're unable to because her mother has sent the sacrificial ring to Ringo. Thus starts the hilarious global romp of the cult attempting to get the ring back from Ringo and being foiled at every turn.

In addition to the comedic plot the soundtrack is amazing. If I was stuck on a desert island and could only take five CDs with me this would be one of them. "Another Girl" and the montage in the movie are the main reason for my long term crushes on Paul and George. I think it's the rugged t-shirt look that Paul has going on.


If you haven't seen any of the Beatles movies seriously go out and watch them!! Your ears and funny bone will thank you. 

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