“Need a little time to wake up,” as noted Beatlemaniac Liam Gallagher once sang, articulating the feeling of utter disorientation that overnight fame can bring. The Fab Four’s 1964 movie debut expertly captures that sense of WTF-ness from its very first discordant second, as John, Paul, George and Ringo leg it from a pack of rabid girls.
Under Richard Lester’s direction, this one rewrote the genre: with its cynical, chain-smoking leads, and postmodern nods to Fellini and Truffaut, it gave the pop movie a fresh jolt of New Wave-esque invention. Of its time, sure, but eternally entertaining.
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