The Beatles’ Get Back documentary event was released over Thanksgiving weekend…and the three-part film event is an absolute masterpiece that stands next to the greatest rock docs of all time.
Peter Jackson, the film’s director, brings the same epic story-telling approach that was so successful for him in his Lord of the Rings Trilogy (which he was the director and co-writer of).
Jackson skillfully weaves captivating moments such as George Harrison quitting the band and walking out; Paul McCartney observing that John Lennon and Yoko Ono are always together on set and in the studio; Ringo Starr writing songs on piano; and the overall anxiety of having to create a full-length album, a documentary, and a live performance…all at the same time!
Jackson also amazingly showcases the Beatles’ various jam sessions…and we get to hear them play songs from Let It Be and Abbey Road…as well as perform some really fantastic covers. There are plenty of magical musical moments. And of course, at the end of the movie, we get to see the Beatles’ legendary Rooftop Concert in all of its audio and visual glory.
The movie is also a beautiful thing to physically watch…as it has been meticulously and painstakingly restored to extremely high definition and incredible quality. The viewer feels like they are in the studio with rock and roll icons as they make an all-time record.
Thanks to Michael Lindsay-Hogg, the film-maker who was on set in 1969 capturing the Beatles for the documentary Let It Be, Peter Jackson was able to gain access to hundreds of hours of footage that had never been seen before.
The result is a collection of fascinating moments of the Beatles creating and existing towards the very end of their Hall of Fame career. For any rock fan looking to get a revelatory glimpse into how a legendary album is made by an iconic rock band…this movie is a must-see.
Check out Get Back on Disney Plus when you can! Highly recommended!
– East Side Dave