Movie Review: A Hard Day's Night

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A Hard Day’s Night is a 1964 British comedy starring the Beatles during the height of Beatlemania. A Hard Day’s Night went on to influence 1960 British spy films, an American television series featuring singing group the Monkees, and most resently the popular Austin Powers film series. British critic Leslie Halliwell described it as a "comic fantasia with music” (Halliwell- A Hard Day’s Night)

The film is created in a “mockumentary” style, where fictitious events are presented in documentary format. This is a vast difference from films that starred, for instance, Elvis Presley, which based themselves on the classic Hollywood musical style. This new genre of film made its predecessors seem old fashioned and outdated, further widening the generation gap that was taking place during this time. (The Beatles Movies)
The character of Paul’s “other” grandfather, further illustrates the generation gap theme in a hypocritical fashion. He is the cliché “do as I say and not as I do” labeling him, “a villain, a real mixer” who “will cost you a fortune in breach of promise cases.” The Beatles are just four young men trying to earn a living and have some innocent fun. It is the elderly grandfather that is always getting into real trouble. John describes him as “sex obsessed” and an example of “the older generation leading this country to galloping ruin”. In one scene, grandfather provokes Ringo to go and have some fun instead of just reading a book, “Have you natural resources of your own? Have they even robbed you of that? You can learn more from getting out their parading the streets.” Heeding this misguided advice, Ringo finds himself in jail.

The constant reference to their hair and clothes is the Beatles attempt to poke fun at the public’s obsession with their appearance. This is carefully done in a way not to patronize the audience. “The long hair was just the superficial sign of that. An underlying theme is the difficulty...
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