Documentary Review: “Scream and Shout”

51iscglycml-_sl250_I should charge every one of my readers $1 to read this blog, but even that won’t compensate me enough for the hell I had to endure watching this film. As if having to go to the gym and having to walk on a treadmill for an hour everyday isn’t bad enough, I decided to raise my anxiety level by adding this piece of crap to the mix two days in a row! I hope you all are happy…because I surely took one for the team to put out this public safety announcement.

Scream And Shout is an 1.5 hour film about nothing! Yes…this my friends, could be a Seinfeld episode but the joke is on the viewer. What in the world were these people thinking when they made this? And to think that it currently is reviewed at 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon! Just click here to watch the trailer.

Not only is this a mess of bad newsreel footage, clips of interviews that are almost inaudible, they actually have typos in their sub-titles! At one point, while two current day musicians are being interviewed, the date “September 7, 1964” is at the top of the screen. And don’t even get me started on the product placement. I think they put an ad out for any bands with a Beatles sound, to “please donate your songs to this project in exchange for on screen credit.” And I believe their experts/historians were all told they would be given the opportunity to audition for their next big gig in this movie.

For the safety of your own mental health, please do not watch this documentary. And remember, friends don’t let friends watch bad documentaries. If it weren’t for the fact that this was free with my Amazon Prime subscription, I would have never watch it myself. But I owe it to you, my fine readers, to give it to you straight. And for that reason…

I rate the documentary, a very generous 1 out of 4 Beetles!




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4 responses to “Documentary Review: “Scream and Shout”

  1. Garry Berman

    Judging from the trailer, it looks as though the filmmakers found some forgotten, non-copyrighted newsreel footage and then tried to shape a documentary around it (instead of having an idea first, and then trying to find the materials to support it). They obviously didn’t secure the rights to use Beatles music and/or the more well-known film footage from the time.

  2. Garry

    You’re right, Jenn. I couldn’t finish watching the trailer. Just another case of someone trying to make a quick buck, with nothing to offer. And the music! Who wants to hear some anonymous, no-name rock band in a documentary about the Beatles? The filmmakers deserve a ton of hate mail for this.

  3. LindaSR

    Personally, the ONLY thing that I “liked” about this film was the unseen newsreel footage. (I’m a first generation fan and I saw one of my friends in it from 1964.) Other than that, the newsreel quality is horrible and the film editing leaves a lot to be desired. Personally, some die-hard fans, like myself, will still view it.

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