The songs in Help! are down a few notches from the extraordinary level of the score for A Hard Day’s Night, but the title song for Help!, despite its drippings of teenage melancholia, is about the best song the Lennon-McCartney team has conceived. Why, then, am I singing the blues about the Beatles movie? I suppose because I have the feeling that Lester and the Beatles added to each other in their first film together, but that they subtract from each other in their second.
July 29, 1965