Friday, March 28, 2014

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

Silly, good-natured fun from The Beatles, but certainly less inspired than their previous two films. Originally made for TV, the film is not helped by its low budget, which really shows. The humor is infectiously silly but too often shapeless and underdeveloped to be really effective (several of the scenes feel like rejects from a Monty Python episode). Directed by The Beatles with Bernard Knowles, what it really needed was the assured timing and visual style of Richard Lester to hold it all together. Of course, it's all really a showcase for such Beatles tunes as "Fool on the Hill", "I Am The Walrus", "Your Mother Should Know", and the title song and for that alone it can be recommended to fans.

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