10 May 2008 | william-tobelman
Mersey Must See
Some may view this film as inferior to A Hard Day's Night. But Ferry Cross The Mersey should be viewed as a companion piece to the Beatles classic.
The Gerry & The Pacemakers' film is to Liverpool as the Beatles' film is to London (or thereabouts). One is about a musical group trying to make it big while the other is about a group that has made it big. The two films together present a more accurate picture of the Mersey scene and its effect on popular culture.
While the Pacemaker's film isn't nearly as smart and the band members aren't nearly as engaging as the Beatles, there is plenty of heart and honesty to go around. Gerry and The Pacemakers don't try and be what they're not.
Ferry Cross The Mersey also features quality musical selections throughout and it's a joy to listen to. The other local groups that compete in the battle of the bands display the grit and energy of the Liverpool scene. It's exciting stuff.
This underrated film really captures the style & feel of the times and should be seen as a companion piece to A Hard Day's Night.