**NOMINTAED FOR 2 OSCARS**
Who hasn’t heard about The Beatles? A Hard Day’s Night was the first of five films that showcased the ‘fantastic four’, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. This film is fun and energetic, and the soundtrack is gold.
I was pleasantly surprised with the comedic value in this film, the four seem so natural and at ease with acting, and it has been said that there performances had a Marx Brothers feel to it, and I can attest to that. John Lennon delivers this surprisingly great performance in a bathtub, which on it’s own merit makes this film a must see. The Beatles are without a doubt part of history, and are indelibly etched into the music halls of fame, seeing them in film is a treat.
What makes this film innovative in nature, is that it’s one of the early examples of the mockumentary genre. This film basically catapulted it’s director’s career forward. Richard Lester went on to direct the second feature with The Beatles, Help! Continuing with the mockumentary theme, the film employs some very interesting camera angles, like the one that seems to hover over a park, and we can see the four energetically running around and having fun, it’s one of my favourite shots because the camera is so shaky, creating the sense of mania. In addition there are some great musical shots. Like the one taken from the drum set, where we see the crowd, plus the really shallow depth of field view of the guitar. There is a modernness here.
Wilfrid Brambell adds further comedy, and creates an interesting dynamic between young and old.
A Hard Day’s Night enjoyed critical success and box office success. It’s worth considering simply because of the great music, plus it will make you smile. The film is upbeat, and here’s to hoping you enjoy it!
TRIVIA COOKIE: Alun Owen is credited for writing this film. He followed them while on tour in France, and came up with a plot based on what he observed, giving each of the four a stereotype, John Lennon the ‘smart-ass’, Paul McCartney the ‘cute’, Ringo Starr the ‘sad’ and George Harrison the ‘shy’. It’s been since disclosed that the script was followed loosely, and that the four ad-libbed a lot of the script.