Movie Review: “Magical Mystery Tour”

I have never tripped on acid (nor do I intend to), but I’m fairly certain that watching “Magical Mystery Tour” had the same effect on my brain as would a large amount of LSD. It’s a well-known fact that The Beatles took lots of drugs at various points in their career. This movie is pretty clear evidence of that. Written and directed by The Beatles, “Magical Mystery Tour” is an hour-long enigma. Is there a plot? Nope. Is it easy to understand? Nope. Is it still kind of intriguing in a weird way? Definitely.

Surprisingly the bus still exists.

The movie follows John, Paul, Ringo and George as they ride the Magical Mystery Tour bus to nowhere in particular. The bus is filled with passengers of all ages, my personal favorite being Ringo’s Aunt Jessie. Aunt Jessie is an obese woman who has absurd dreams about waiters shoveling slop onto her dinner table while other restaurant customers dance around shirtless. Did I mention this movie is ridiculously bizarre?

I can't emphasize enough how bizarre it was.

I was a bit disappointed by how few Beatles songs were actually in the movie. Unlike “Across the Universe” – a movie whose plot is based around some of The Beatles' most popular songs (and also one of my favorite movies ever) – this film is not a musical in the sense that the songs don’t flow seamlessly with the semi-plot of the movie.

"I Am the Walrus" from "Across the Universe"

There were a few songs sung during the movie such as “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Blue Jay Way” and “I Am the Walrus.” Here’s a clip of them singing “I Am the Walrus” from the movie. Just by watching this I think you’ll get a pretty good idea of what the whole movie was like.

 

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I am a huge fan of The Beatles but I came out of watching that movie wondering what on Earth had just happened in front of my eyes for the last hour. I do think it’s cool that The Beatles wrote, directed and acted in a movie themselves, but I think next time I’ll just stick to listening to the songs so I don’t have to go on an unexpected acid trip. Just in case you're into that sort of thing, here you go.

 

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