Wow. After seeing this, I realise I was a little too harsh on Magical Mystery Tour. That was a masterpiece compared to this!
This 'film' tries to tell the story of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Peter Frampton and The Bee Gees), a band that comes to grips with the music industry and battle evil forces bent on stealing their instruments and corrupting their home town of Heartland. The film is told through the use of The Beatles songs, the same way as The Who's Tommy. The only dialogue comes from Mr. Kite (George Burns), the mayor of Heartland.
This form of storytelling just doesn't work. Taking songs that have nothing to do with the story you are trying to tell and trying to put another meaning to them just doesn't work. Some songs are just put in to fill time, like George Burns singing 'Fixing A Hole' for no reason!
Where this movie truly fails is the music. Most of the covers sound awful. It seems like everyone just didn't care. A few performers try to give their best like Earth, Wind & Fire's 'Got to Get You into My Life' and Aerosmith's 'Come Together,' but there's no erasing the fact that this is an absolutely atrocious soundtrack, one that was simply should never be heard by human ears again. There's really no excuse for such mind-boggling mismatches as Alice Cooper's 'Because,' Steve Martin's 'Maxwell's Silver Hammer,' or all the endless, awkward numbers from the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton.
Bottom line, this movie is just a cheap grab at all the Beatles fans. There is no reason to see this at all, even for its camp value. Just as a general public serivce announcement, buy this Sgt. Pepper:
Not this one.
0 out of 5
Next up is the final movie in this Beatles saga - Across The Universe