It's so easy to mess up a cover -- especially when it's shaped into a cinematic or stage musical. For many, Taymor's rejigging of Beatles tunes was too much to bear. But aside from a spine-gritting, all-too-fast "I've Just Seen a Face," the film's music created a whole new world for me -- each piece encapsulating the magic of the original, while also infusing each with new spirit. And in no case was this more clear than "I Want to Hold Your Hand."
Written "eyeball to eyeball" by Lennon and McCartney, it wasn't a song that evoked any memory in particular ... the pair were simply tasked with the challenge of coming up with a commercially relevant song for the States. But Taymor's take on the song pulled out the yearning and desire resting in the lyrics and intermingled it with an unbreakable wall between desire and reality. The lyrics fit the story as if it was written for it, as Prudence yearned for her fellow cheerleader. And really, that makes for the best songs in musicals -- when they fit so well into the storyline that it isn't a momentary break for song and dance, but rather the emotional need to release music and further the story.
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