A Hard Day's Night Reviews
The only aspect I enjoyed is the music. Other than that, the film was just pointless and plotless. And such a bore.
It is enjoyable how many comedic bits this movie is made of. Although it is definitely not the same type of humor throughout the film, some of it seems to pay homage to the Marx brothers. The comedy is all situational or dialogue-based, but none of it seems to be slapstick humor which comes into play only a few times in Marx brothers films. Though you don't find the urge to laugh at it, the first conversation of the film is amusing; Paul McCartney insists the man they sit with on a train is his grandfather, explaining "I'm entitled to two, aren't I" when the other Beatles insist they have seen his grandfather before. It is also amusing when the Beatles never seem to react much to things their managers get into a fuss over.
Although it touches on it only in a few parts, this movie also has great commentary on social class. A few minutes into the film, an older gentleman of the upper class shares the train carriage with the Beatles and he is immediately snobby to fit the conditions to his needs, which means the Beatles can't have the window open or listen to their radio. Then, inexplicably, The Beatles are running beside the train asking for their ball back, a great analogy of the situation.
Obviously the music in the film must be given thought to as well. The music is simply there when it is used and does not really contribute much to the story. However, the energy of the Beatles is captured with the opening credit sequence in which A Hard Day's Night is playing as well as in a scene with Can't Buy me Love when the four Beatles run around a field with a helipad to escape their "imprisonment due to fame" if only for a brief moment. Some of the music is just there, and some of it conveys energy.
The story is definitely not the highlight of the film. It is reflective of the Beatles' life as a band - the reason some may consider it a documentary - but it truly is not a documentary in any sense. It is a fictional story constructed around the idea that the band has an important performance to give. Don't set expectations high for a great story here because it is very straightforward.
A Hard Day's Night still has a good sense of energy and a lot of comedy, making this "Beatles movie" a delight to watch.
The plot (or lack there of) plays out as an endless litany of subplots that none of the characters take seriously enough to actually materialize into a story. Beyond that, an excessive reliance on eccentric humor without a straight man to complete the bit causes jokes to fall flat and an absurd need to shoehorn mediocre Beatles' songs in at every corner breaks any immersion the film could hope to muster. None of this is helped by the fact that all four of the Beatles seem to be convinced that they're playing the same character.
How this movie made it to Rotten Tomato's "Top 100 Movies of All Time" is baffling. A list of the most effective sleep therapy treatments, I might understand.