The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles: Get Back

You don’t have to like The Beatles, just music, to enjoy this sprawling documentary about the making of an iconic album

The Very Best

8.4

TV Show

New-Zealand, United Kingdom
English
Documentary
2021
Anthony B. Richmond, Billy Preston, Denis O'Dell
157 min

TLDR

As an objective reviewer I’m saying this doc is worthwhile, but as a years-long Beatlemaniac, I’m saying that watching this has been one of the most revelatory cinematic experience in my life.

What it's about

In Get Back, Director Peter Jackson stitches 60 hours of footage and 150 hours of audio captured for the 1970 film and album Let It Be to reveal whole new dimensions to The Beatles’ creative process, personal relationships, and more.

The take

I’ve always thought that The Beatles’ songmaking process would be something close to magical. But this documentary proves that it’s anything but—creating music, like any artistic endeavor, is like pulling teeth. It’s painful and raw, but once done, it can also feel like the biggest relief in the world. And Get Back, which Jackson described as a “documentary about a documentary” shows us just how raw it gets. There are scenes of what we know went down (but even then it feels chilling), like the tense arguments between Paul, John, George, and Ringo. But there are also scenes of what we know less of, buried as they are beneath media spectacle and drama—that of genuine brotherhood and goofing around, of tender merrymaking and skilled music-making. It’s no secret that there was a ton of frustration behind The Beatles’ breakup, but this revealing documentary confirms there was a ton of (if not more) love involved too.

What stands out

Setting aside the music, which is goosebump-inducing, just seeing all this footage, be it behind-the-scenes, home videos, or music videos, in crisp and clear HD feels like a miracle.

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