At best, it is fun. But "fun" is not an aesthetic experience: fun remains on the surface. I have nothing against the surface. But it belongs where it is and shouldn't be taken for anything else.
American-born director Richard Lester serves up a helping of what, on this side of the pond, we came to think of as kicky, mod British filmmaking.
The mop-tops are likeably relaxed, with Lennon offering a few welcome moments of his dry, acerbic wit.
It's a fine conglomeration of madcap clowning in the old Marx Brothers' style, and it is done with such a dazzling use of camera that it tickles the intellect and electrifies the nerves.
| Original Score: 4/5
Not only has this film not dated, it may even look fresher than it did in 1964; the zigzag cutting and camera moves, the jaunty ironies and pop-celebrity playfulness, are all standard issue now on MTV and its offspring.
To watch the final concert segment is to look back decades and realize, as you do seeing vintage footage of Duke Ellington or Frank Sinatra or John Coltrane, that it's never really gotten any better.
The music video by which all other music videos must be judged. And none top it.
Still feels brand spanking new, and way cool.
Younger fans can see what Beatlemania was really all about.
| Original Score: 4/4
Has survived the years like a Disney cartoon classic.
It captures almost everything good about its time.
We loved them -- yeah, yeah, yeah. Now we can love them all over again.
To watch the movie, and to enjoy such pop music classics as 'All My Loving' and 'She Loves You' is not merely to saunter down Memory or Penny Lane, but to drink at pop's headwaters.
Richard Lester's tangential, effortlessly clever ode to the Fab Four, given the re-mastered print and soundtrack treatment, still feels fresh and alive.
No movie of the 1960s catches that era's irreverent joy and exuberance as much as director Richard Lester's Beatlemania saga.
A comedy classic that cross- pollinated Jean-Luc Godard with the four Marx brothers.
Charged with vitality, and inventiveness.
The new, cleaned-up version (with a splendid Dolby Mono soundtrack) playing at Film Forum confirms its reputation as the greatest and most entertaining rock movie, ever.
In A Hard Day's Night, the Beatles, in song after song, pay homage to the faith of love, and that faith connects them to something ancient, lending this topspin musical its near oracular beauty.
| Original Score: A
From the opening chords of the title song played over the group bemusedly fleeing from their fans, A Hard Day's Night creates pure, infectious joy.
The film is mad, mad and crazy, shrewdly designed for the teenage and calculated also to attract the curious and the oldsters who enjoy this sort of thing.
One of the great life-affirming landmarks of the movies.
| Original Score: 4/4
No previous rocksploitation film had ever done so splendid a job of selling its performers.
A Hard Day's Night conveys not just a joy in music and The Beatles, but a joy in cinema.
An hour and a half of pure, chaotic bliss.