Friday, June 25, 2010

A Hard Day's Night (1964)

The spiritual prequel to From Justin to Kelly.

Blah Blah Blah The Beatles. Blah Blah Blah they were popular or something. The simple fact is that I don't really care about The Beatles. I understand their influence and such, but I just don't get excited for their music in the same way that others do. I certainly enjoy some of their songs, but a lot of their music, especially their early work, is boring to me. A Hard Day's Night is entertaining, but it feels more like a museum piece than anything else.

Four dudes with bad haircuts get chased by girls. I'm not exactly sure why they're running in the first place. The Beatles star as themselves in a comedic romp through a nondescript place full of foaming fan girls. The film was a smash success in it's time and has endured because of the charisma  of it's leading men and the nostalgia that goes along with their music. The film was even nominated for two Academy Awards, Best Screenplay and Best Score, but won neither of them. The movie persists still as a time-capsule of a certain mania that took over the world, but seems awfully strange to my modern mind.

Even with a solid script and The Beatles surprisingly natural charisma, I found it difficult to enjoy A Hard Day's Night.  It has some fantastic moments, mostly one-liners that are laugh out loud funny, but in general I don't see what all the fuss is about. Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the appeal in watching these guys be "themselves" on camera for an hour and a half. Some of the musical interludes are nice, but a lot of the songs are the early Beatle's junk that I just can't stomach. I will say that it was interesting to observe some of the hysteria, but it didn't quite make the movie worthwhile to me. An argument can be made that A Hard Day's Night deserves a place in the film watching cannon just because it so perfectly encapsulates an era, but I found it to be a fairly trivial and forgettable experience. I'm sure it's a must see for Beatles fans, but otherwise it's pretty unremarkable.


1 comment:

Squish said...

It's not just you. I wholeheartedly agree