Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I first learned of its existence when I heard Wombat from Cheap Ass Gamer's CAGcast talking about it. It's up on Netflix Instant so I decided to watch it on his recommendation that it is hilariously terrible. I was not disappointed.
The basic premise of the movie is that Paul McCartney died in 1966 and was replaced by the winner of a look-alike contest, set up by Britain's MI5, to keep rabid Beatles fans from committing suicide. This is actually an old theory that many Beatles fans will likely be familiar with, but this time there's a twist. According to the movie, a recording studio in California received tapes in 2005 labeled The Last Testament of George Harrison apparently confirming the conspiracy. Oh, but it gets worse...
To point out the obvious, it's all fake. Paul McCartney didn't die in 1966 and this movie will do nothing to convince you otherwise. “George Harrison” has the worst fake accent you've ever heard, pronouncing government as “goo-vern-ment” and Maxwell as “Mock's-well.” I don't know what the budget of the movie was, but could they really not get someone actually from Liverpool?
Not only is the movie cheaply made and ridiculous, it's also insulting to fans of The Beatles. According to the movie, The Beatles spent almost the entire rest of their career putting hints into their music and artwork. Famous albums are reduced to nothing more than silly clues that make The Beatles look like idiots.
But even as terrible and unconvincing as this movie is, Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison turns out to be hilarious in spite of itself. This is The Room for Beatles fans. Sure, the music is never quite really Beatles music, and the narration is decidedly terrible, but it's all played so straight that it becomes hilarious quickly. If you like laughing at bad movies, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
At the end of the day, Paul McCartney Really is Dead: The Last Testament of George Harrison is a car crash of a movie. And just like a car crash you won't be able to turn away. Sit down with some friends, crack open some beers, and enjoy this terrible tragedy. Just try not to think about it too much.
Things to watch for: John's reaction to Paul's death, why The Beatles “really” went to India, names The Beatles give to Paul's replacement, mispronunciations by “Harrison”, and Heather Mill's real identity
1 out of 5 stars