A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night ★★★½

When I was a kid I liked the Help! movie more, but this one has certainly aged better. It utilizes a lot of visual and editing techniques which were quite cutting edge at the time to cash in on the group's staggering success while the iron was hot, essentially creating the blueprint for future music feature films by weaving performance footage into a loose narrative tying together a series of comic set pieces. It feels very lived-in and down to earth in its semi-realistic depiction of the lads' personalities despite throwing them into some ridiculous scenarios that would have seemed like an exercise in egotism if it weren't for their inherently dry humour and enduring charm.