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Just an all-around fun comedy featuring the Beatles in which Ringo acquires an eastern cult's sacrificial ring. It's not serious at all, with great music and just all-around silliness. Watch for the Beatles and the music, stay for the fun. Not boring like Hard Day's Night, not trippy like Yellow Submarine and not just generally weird like Magical Mystery Tour. If you like the Beatles music it's worth checking out, if you like slapstick, silly comedies you'll probably love this.
Perhaps you need to be a Beatles fan to really enjoy it but I love this movie. It is funny and the music is really good. Leo McKern, Victor Spinetti and Roy Kinnear are gems that add great bits of comedy to the film and The Beatles are... well.. The Beatles. A must for any Beatles fan (like you haven't already seen it) and for anyone who enjoys a good laugh with a great soundtrack.
VERY GOOD fun whimsical 1965 film with Beatles playing themselves.
Story line is a little whack, as are some of the scenes, but I rather enjoyed see it for first time.
There are movies you need to give your full attention to; where you don't want to miss a thing. And then there are movies you can watch while you're doing other things--your taxes, household cleaning, trimming the cat's toenails. "Help!" falls into the latter category.
I want to absolutely love this movie the way I absolutely loved the joyous, groundbreaking mockumentary romp "A Hard Day's Night"--it's the Beatles in their youthful prime, you know?--but I have to throw in with those who just don't get what all the fuss is about. Frankly "Help!" hasn't aged well, especially compared to "Night."
ManMachine offers some interesting behind-the-scenes insight that probably explains a lot. I'd add that, as with the Elvis, the Beatles had become such a phenomenon that the industry Powers That Be likely concluded it hardly mattered how good or bad their "product" being was--adoring audiences would show up for it anyway.
Aw, hell. It's the Beatles. Check it out and see what you think.
It's the boys... I guess that they have become men by this time. They are still goofy, and having fun, and I did too. Soon, the world became all too serious, and people started burning their records, and internal squabbles began. But here, at this time, it was all still fun and laughter.
Of course, because it stars The Beatles, Help! is the one film that you simply wouldn't dare give a low rating to (or, would you?), even though, aside from a few good moments, it wasn't all that funny, nor was it entertaining enough to hold my interest for very long.
In fact, a lot of the time, I found Help! to be downright stupid, its juvenile mentality specifically geared to the non-thinking, Beatle-crazed teens of that screwed-up era of Pop Music History.
Naturally, Help! was just another opportunity to showcase The Beatles and promote their latest album of #1 hit songs, which included such tunes as Ticket To Ride, You're Gonna Lose That Girl, and, of course, the film's title tune, "Help!".
The truth of the matter is - As hopelessly inferior as it was, had this film starred any other Pop group, other than the likes of The Beatles, then you can surely bet that it would've probably killed those band members' careers as musicians, like, pronto!
Besides having a really weak script that, at times, bordered on pure nonsense, I understand that a lot of Help!'s problems came directly from The Beatles, themselves.
At this early point in their music/movie careers The Fab 4 had just discovered the wonders of "marijuana". Since the boys were constantly engulfed in such a thick haze of dope smoke during filming, they couldn't remember their lines and were forever going into convulsions of uncontrollable tittering and giggling.
As you can well-imagine, the film crew came close, many times, to blowing their tops when scene after scene was botched by more fits of incessant "Beatle" laughter and another retake had to be done. Naturally, since this was "The Beatles" that we're talking about here, the crew kow-towed to every whim of Pop Music's new-found royalty, kept their mouths shut, and continued filming at a literal snail's pace.
The KCLS has a second generation copy of the Beatles "Help". Souvenirs are included in the package which makes it fun. Please don't take any and thanks to KCLS for ordering this really cool edition of "Help".
Classic movie I never tire of it. Blu ray version makes it come alive. Extra make it even more special. A+
This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.
Love it, watch it as much as I can. Beatles music from beginning to end, and an entertaining story line to boot. My fave songs. The storyline of them running from here to there because of this Ring is hilarious and the nutcase Priest chasing them with the hoods in brown skirts is actually the same actor from the original "OMEN" movie with Gregory Peck but with the Beatles, he's funny.
Always sad when its over, although the ending beach scene where everybodys fighting is glorious. And then this bit about the Singer Sewing Machine??!! I mean, the humor is madcap.... I loop it right back to the beginning.
i thought it would be more music which is the only thing that saved this film. mostly quirky anticks, humor, etc...kinda funny but the music saves it.