I really enjoyed Broadstreet when it first came out on video around 1985. I was 11 years old and never saw "Help" or "A Hard Days Night" yet, so this was my first Beatles-related movie experience.
To this day I occasionally watch "Broadstreet" and can't help but be fascinated by how incredible it really looks. I mean it looks like A LOT of money was spent on the sets, costumes etc, (maybe too much) although the story had some holes. But it doesn't turn my stomach at all...there are a lot of memorable quotes and clips in it, although it may be for Macca fans the most, and to also hold the attention of my brothers who were not Beatles fans at all.
There is a good balance of Beatles and Macca tunes...I love the brief "Band on the Run" clip and of course any shot of Paul's car. Sir Ralph Richardson was great and the monkey was creepy... but memorable, just like all the cast members, including Tracy Ullman.
When I was 11, I was obsessed with England, so all the exterior shots of the Thames and London Bridge set to Mccartney music were well worth the price of the "Broadstreet" video alone...it was like taking a tour of the UK to me! I particularly loved the whole "Eleanor's Dream" sequence which reminded me of the great Hammer Horror films. Some of the most beautfiul imagery are in this part of the film. I still like the updated futuristic version of "Silly Love Songs".
Paul didn't necessarily deserve the slams in the press he got when "Broadstreet" first came out, because it was the first film the director did and Macca wrote. The album is great, although some fans wished there were more Mccartney originals, the Beatles reworkings were unnecessary, yet updated they sounded great on cd!
It wasn't the worst film ever made, though. If Mccartney had done it today it would have really have been a major risk. He's much better at releasing animations and kids books, instead of a big budget film about a rockstar. It was done during the 1980's when MTV was all about musicians being "actors" in big budget films (see Madonna's career). Broadstreet had more appeal in the 1980's than it would have now, so it seems a bit nostalgic now to see Paul in it.
To me "Broadstreet" is a better film, and maybe more of a film with a plot than say "Magical Mystery Tour" but like "MMT" they are both full of some of the best videos..."Broadstreet" just happens to be a film of them and rather expensive videos, that makes the Keith Macmillan/KEEFCO Macca and Wings promos from the 1970's look like public access television adverts!
A bad film???...seek out "Howard the Duck"..."Broadstreet" looks like "Gone with the Wind" next to that crap!
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