Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night is one of the most exuberant and entertaining movies ever made. Catching The Beatles phenomenon like getting lightning in a bottle, the film feels just as alive and inventive as it must have when it premiered fifty years ago. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appear as themselves in a very loosely plotted story of the events that lead up to a fictionalized television performance. Breezy and filled with great songs and jokes, anyone who dislikes this film probably has terrible taste. My review of the Criterion Collection edition (which includes both the DVD and Blu-ray versions of the film) follows after the jump.