Saturday, July 29, 2017

Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)


IMDb plot summary: Paul McCartney's recording of his new album is complicated by the fact that the master tapes of his recordings are missing.
Directed by Peter Webb. Starring Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr, and Barbara Bach.

Back when my movie challenge began, a friend assigned me Michael Jackson's Moonwalker with the caveat, "I hope you're a Michael Jackson fan, because you kind of have to be to like this." That's pretty much how I feel about this movie and Paul McCartney. There's no narrative structure to this film, really, it's just a series of McCartney music videos. Problem is, while I liked Moonwalker all right for what it was, Michael Jackson is a much more dynamic entertainer to watch perform. The performances here are very understated on McCartney's part, even if occasionally accompanied by wacky psychedelic visuals. None of it does much to actually elevate the music, and I found myself, as a result, zoning out through much of it. If I were a bigger McCartney fan, I could see myself enjoying this movie as an odd little conglomeration of concert segments, but if you're only so-so on his work, there's really very little to get out of this.

2 stars.

How it entered my Flickchart:
Give My Regards to Broad Street < Beach Party
Give My Regards to Broad Street > Raging Bull
Give My Regards to Broad Street < The King and I
Give My Regards to Broad Street > The Whole Nine Yards
Give My Regards to Broad Street > Barry
Give My Regards to Broad Street < Eddie the Eagle
Give My Regards to Broad Street > Spaceballs
Give My Regards to Broad Street < The Secret War of Harry Frigg
Give My Regards to Broad Street < Sullivan's Travels
Give My Regards to Broad Street > The TV Set
Give My Regards to Broad Street > Stardust Memories
Final spot: #1708 out of 2642.

2 comments:

Douglas Van Hollen said...

Hannah, I'm relatively new to your blog, so I have a pretty basic question about your Flickchart breakdowns:

Is the character in between the two movie titles an inequality symbol, demonstrating which movie is "greater than" the other? Or is it a lo-fi arrow, pointing at the movie which you picked in the matchup?

It never bothered me, until now, how the same symbol could be interpreted in opposite ways...

Hannah K said...

... I never thought of that. It's a less than/greater than sign. It loses to Beach Party, wins against Raging Bull, etc.

You discovered my blog right when I stopped committing to doing mini reviews for everything, haha, but at least you'll always see a Flickchart breakdown!