Physical comedy so incoherent it barely qualifies as narrative film. Still, it's worth sitting through the 90 min. just to get a close look—in colour!—at The Beatles and design circa 1964/65. The James Bond craze is very palpable, too. The few funny moments crucially involve, of course... Ringo.
Unfairly underappreciated, I think, but my opinion is coloured by wearing out the VHS tape in my early teens. An enjoyable romp with fabulous music, Liverpudlian wit, exotic locations and a studio budget, it perfectly mirrors the extraordinary narrative of their musical output, slotting in nicely between the naive boyband frenzy of A Hard Day's Night and the otherworldly surreality of Yellow Submarine.
It doesn't maintain the intense energy of A Hard Day's Night, but The Beatles' 2nd film is a zany around-the-world adventure that's almost as delightful as it's predecessor. With a bigger budget & an actual "plot" to work with, the Fab Four almost fight for screen time w/ the villains. And while some scenes are unneeded or missed their mark, the film is still a funny film a humor in the Marx Brothers vein.