Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Eight arms to Hold You-- a book review
It seems like the powers that be overlooked the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles' 2nd film, Help!. However, the fans of the Beatles did not forget about the hilarious movie's anniversary and several books have been published this year to celebrate the special event.
The best book on the movie is by far Eight Arms to hold you by Simon Wells and Paul Skellett. This is a gorgeous photo book that goes in dept into the Beatles colored film.
This past Monday I wasn't feeling my best and I stayed home sick from work. When I began to feel a bit better, I decided to take it easy and enjoy the Beatles' Help! While Help! has been a top favorite movie of mine, it has been a long time since I watched the entire movie and I have to say that I truly enjoyed it. I loved how Ringo delivered his lines and I think the one liners said by just about everyone in the cast are so clever. The plot is goofy, but is just a fun film. After I watched the movie, I decided to read Eight Arms to Hold You. It was pretty interesting look at the book directly after watching the finished movie.
The text in the book is very humorous and fun to read. I do wish that this book had more stories from insiders in the book. Stories from people who were extras or fans that were hanging around to see the Beatles, would have really made this book special. However, it does explain some of the scenes that didn't make the movie, such as when an alligator was going to get the ring off Ringo's finger. For years I have wondered what that photos with the alligator was all about!
I got the special edition "fan" version of the book, but a regular edition will be available in January. This book would especially make a great gift for anyone who loves the middle years of the Beatles' career. It might come a month late for Christmas, but I think it would be worth the wait!
Note: the photos I included in this post aren't from the book---just photos I had from the movie that I wanted to include with the post because a post without pictures is like a day without sunshine.