The Beatles: Get Back (2021)

Title: The Beatles: Get Back

Year: 2021

Genre: Documentary | Music |

Season: 1 |

Runtime: 468 min

Director: Peter Jackson

Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Harrison


Documentary about the music group The Beatles featuring in-studio footage that was shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film ‘Let It Be.’


Few bands have accomplished what The Beatles, the greatest band ever of all time. Well, it’s true because considering what they made during their best ten year-period is mind-blowing. Few other bands have not even come near them. There’s even true in the three-part films we’re offering. As there’s not much of a story or an organized plot over the eight hours. It’s instead a delicate look of their thoughts and creative process as they’re trying to get a show together which constantly is changing dates.

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Even if the story spans over 22 days and compilates within 8 hours, it’s fair to say that going from 60 hours of extra material to just that is like a gold mine. A lot of complaints have been about the band’s documentary long runtime, but that’s not really a problem as it progresses the story smoothly with a few hiccups on the road. Well, if you don’t like it, then don’t watch it. The restoration process makes it’s a solid, shiny surface on the material, which makes the close-up somewhat grainy in a way. And there’s also some audio-mixing and editing choices that don’t match up or are even in synchronization with each other.

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The best part is the interaction, the flow of the creative thought process as the songs are written and produced. It’s a silent documentary as there’s a succession in following their working days, describing every necessary detail to inform the audience. It’s not, but it’s added good enough to get the story in line. Peter Jackson has chosen the fly on the wall method and objectively observed silently the band working together, lining up until the rooftop concert. This allows for the story to become a far more intimate and detailed structure than it would be if the documentary would have been with interviews or random celebrities talking and cherishing memories with the famous fab four.

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And this is mostly extra material from Let It Be; a documentary that was produced at the same time during the record session, adding a little more to the sensibility of being present in the documentary and in the studio as well. Peter Jackson has done a more renowned documentary than any thought was possible. Even if the restoration makes the closeup feel odd or out of the place, it still resonates with me as a viewer and respects this wonderful as well. It’s like a love letter to the best band ever created.



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