Movies you should see: ‘Yellow Submarine’

Don’t worry, “The Avenger’s” movie review is on the way!

“The Avengers” is a big deal, not just because it scored an 11 on a one to 10 scale of awesomeness, but because a movie with continuity akin to the comic books it’s based on has never been done before. And based on its success, it could change movies forever.

If you want to know why or disagree, email me, but for now, I will say that for that reason alone, “The Avengers” is a movie worth watching, so, go watch it!

But, if like me, you don’t have the money to continuously go out to the cinemas, then why not stay home and rent a movie?

With Red Box, Nicholson Library and Movie Time cheap and close by, there are a number of classic movies worth spending a night with.

Today, I want to look at a popular film that you have probably heard of but have probably never seen.  A film starring, who some call, the greatest band that ever lived.  A musical as colorful as it is brilliant.  That’s right, 1968’s “Yellow Submarine.”

“Yellow Submarine” was by far the most successful film of The Beatles’ cinematic escapades.

Unlike the three movies before it, “HELP!,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” and the documentary after it, “Let it Be,” “Yellow Submarine” is animated, and in terms of “far-out-ness,” this movie manages to be the wildest younger sibling in a family of Johnny Knoxvilles.

The style is sort of reminiscent of something you would see as a transition in a Monty Python movie, only less realistic and about a hundred times more colorful.

Though this style remains constant throughout the movie, the film takes numerous visual twists and turns to the tune of classic Beatles songs to stimulate the viewer’s imagination and tell its story.

The emphasis on the colorful art style and music is necessary, too, because the story to “Yellow Submarine” is a lot less straightforward than most movies, and like the characters themselves, the movie saunters through the plot and setting, care-free and with ease.

In fact, the optimistic direction the film takes is possibly what makes the film so fun to watch.  Animated John, Paul, George and Ringo, are even more lovable and witty than a Beatles fan would hope they would be and the central conflict never seems to get them down.

The film exudes all of those positive feelings and concepts that most associate with the ‘60s hippie movement, love, peace, acceptance, and that certain laid back attitude and humor.

When the movie came to an end, I was left with a heartened feeling in my chest and an encouraging feeling in my head. So I have to recommend “Yellow Submarine” to everyone and deem it required viewing for any Beatles fan.  See this and save your money for “The Avengers!”

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