Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Stick To What You Do Best

Above is the VHS case for, in my opinion, one of the worst movies ever. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with their wives at that time, play themselves. Paul has just finished his new album and it is ready to be shipped to music stores. The advance sales on the album have made it worth millions. He gives the box of recordings to be delivered to an ex-con that he has hired hoping it will help him get his life back on track. However, the recordings never arrive. Everyone wants to the police involved and have the man arrested but they can't find him. Paul still believes in him and tries to find him before the police do. He retraces the route that the man was to take. He ends up at the train station and finds the box on a bench. He hears a noise coming from the rest room. It turns out the man set the box on the bench when he went to the rest room. Then the rest room door got stuck and the man was in there all day till Paul came along. So Paul saved the day but it wasn't exactly Sherlock Holmes.
It also showed me something. Now this isn't a hard and fast rule but it would seem to me that unless you are Ringo Starr or Phil Collins most rock stars should not try acting. Paul was the worst actor in the film but Ringo came off pretty good. All of the Beatles have tried acting together and alone. Of course we all know of A Hard Days Night and Help! where they played themselves. They were fun but little acting was required. Ringo started getting roles in films like Magic Christian and a few television roles. John did How I Won The War. I don't know how well he did as I have never seen it. Perhaps he did well but turned back to music or maybe he didn't do well at all. Either way it would explain why he was not seen in movies after that. George took some small roles but they were usually in films that he produced. Paul was the smart one. He did get offered roles like the lead in the 1960's film Romeo and Juliet but he wisely turned them down. Then in 1985 he decided to make his leading man debut in Give My Regards to Broadstreet. What was he thinking? I have always thought Mr. McCartney was a pretty bright fellow. However, film wise he was the one who made the biggest film blunder. While I think Ringo is a pretty good actor I would have to place him in 2nd place since he co-starred with him in the film. The one good thing about the film is that the soundtrack is a good solid soft rock album. See Paul. You should stick to what you do best. MUSIC! Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

Liam Wilkinson said...

Yeah, but it's great to see Paul do the old Beatles stuff again with Ringo!

But I know what you mean. Could have been much better.