We’re all familiar with The Beatles. Members are John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr. Their music kickstarted “The British Invasion,” a major highlight of The 60s introducing more bands such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Animals, The Kinks just to name a few. The Beatles release a total of twelve albums earning critical acclaim and sold numerous copies worldwide. Thanks to their popularity, The Beatles were featured in merchandise, cartoons, appeared in films like “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Magical Mystery Tour” & the animated film, “Yellow Submarine.”
After completing their album, Abbey Road,” the band commenced development of their final album, “Let It Be.” After completing new songs, all four members disbanded and go their separate ways focusing on their solo careers. John, Paul, George & Ringo managed to headline on their own earning acclaim and money. As the years go by, tragedy happened when John was tragically killed by a deranged man. George died from lung cancer. As of December 2021, Paul & Ringo are the only two surviving members.
The first time I became a fan of The Beatles, was the video game “The Beatles: Rock Band.” I was 16 back when the game came out in 2009. On my first playthrough on guitar, I immediately became hooked. After beating the game, I went back replaying the songs on bass guitar, drums and microphone. I even invited a few friends and family members to play with me. My favorite Beatles album is Abbey Road. Ringo is my favorite, because he’s underrated, a professional musician who isn’t a control freak and he’s a nice guy.
Today, The Beatles continue to inspire numerous musicians/bands from past to present such as The Bee Gees, Ozzy Osbourne, David Bowie, Elton John, KISS, Queen, The Eagles, Heart, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, The Police, U2, Ween, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Blur, Gorillaz, The Flaming Lips, The White Stripes, Coldplay, Wilco, Mac Miller among many others.
Famous people like Mike Myers, Gary Oldman, J.K. Rowling, Martin Scorsese, Craig McCracken, (creator of The Powerpuff Girls) John Travolta, Judd Apatow, Drew Barrymore, John Hughes, Tim Allen, Stephen Colbert & Peter Jackson mentioned they’re fans of the band.
Speaking of Peter Jackson, he discovered 50+ hours of never-before-seen footage of The Beatles working on their final album, Let It Be. During an interview with his good friend. Stephen Colbert, he and Stephen watched the final cut of Get Back and they shed a couple tears.
The Beatles: Get Back is streaming on Disney Plus. It received positive reviews from critics, fans and streamers alike. As a fan of The Beatles, I wanna share my thoughts on this documentary if it’s worth a watch. It doesn’t matter if SPOILERS are listed. We’re all familiar with The Beatles’ history.
Positive & Negative Elements
Positive: Peter Jackson did a tremendous job discovering 50+ hours of never-before-seen footage of the band rehearsing new material and complete their final album prior to their rooftop performance. He used the same technology to restore the footage like he did for “Those Shall Not Grow Old.”
Paul McCartney, Ringo Star & Yoko Ono served as producers helping Peter select hours of footage.
Chemistry between John, Paul, George & Ringo felt natural. Their interactions give us an insight they cared for each other like a family.
Each part opens with a disclaimer on how the documentary was made.
My favorite song from Let It Be is “Get Back.” Other notable songs from the album are “I’ve Got A Feeling,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Two Of Us” & “Across The Universe.”
As you may know, John & Paul wrote a majority of songs. Only George wrote one song called, “I Me Mine.”
In Part 2, Peter Sellers appears for a minute.
Say what you will about her, Yoko Ono appears in all three parts.
Paul’s late wife Linda also appears.
Billy Preston helped the band performing on keyboard.
After all that buildup, Part 3 finally shows the band performing on the rooftop. They deserve Bonus Points for their grand finale. If I were around living in The UK, my mind would’ve been overwhelmed witnessing a historic moment.
Negative: I couldn’t find anything wrong. I’m giving Peter and Wingnut Films an Extra Point for making a flawless documentary as possible.
The Final Verdict: A, FOR APEX!
The Beatles: Get Back is a fascinating documentary giving longtime fans more details on the band’s development on their final album. If you’re a Beatles fan like me, it’s definitely a must watch.