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on November 4, 2012
I love MMT; always have. I saw it on screen in my college days at one of those midnight showings at a local Jerry Lewis Cinema along with "Reefer Madness" and some other similarly-themed film epics that attracted the dazed fans. It is silly, fun, pointless, Python-like, and a real treat for Beatles fans. I never thought of it as a home movie as critics describe. It's more of a stream-of-consciousness effort created by some very rich and very high musicians who owned the world.
My sole gripe about the creation itself is that John Lennon appears to be sleep walking through most of the movie. Obviously bored, he seems to be there only out of obligation. His best scenes come when he injects a bit of the Lennon humor: shoveling spaghetti; falling over in the "Your Mother Should Know" ending; and talking to Nichola. Also, I think that's him selling Ringo the tour tickets at the beginning. At his best ("I am the Walrus")he is brilliant as Paul is in "Fool on the Hill."In his later days, he said the film was Paul's project and he didn't have much to do with it because he was sick of being a Beatle. I think he was either too stoned, too lazy or both. Too bad. It was his chance to put his zany stamp on on something that has stood the test of time just like any of the Beatles' works.
George is George, relegated to one song. He too needed to be more in the forefront. Watch some of his later solo videos to see how talented a filmster he could be.
To me, Ringo and Paul make the show a delight. It's their interest and involvement that keep the magic in the tour.
As far as the packaging goes, where's the "Hello Goodbye" video? How about some more of the actual criticism at the time? In addition, this is obviously a blueprint for the future works of Monty Python. Why not put some of their comments in?
Even the printed material could have used more industry and historical perspective.
Still, I've watched it four times since I bought it four days ago. I particularly love Paul's commentary although he could have used a cup of expresso before he taped it.
(Next, chronologically, we should get "Let It Be." But I guess that there's some difficulty with the music licensing as the band went through quite a few cover versions.)
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