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Subj: The Beatles: Get Back
Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2021 at 12:20:47 am EST (Viewed 85 times)

The Beatles: Get Back

The Beatles came and went before my time, but I knew who they were, of course. Heard some of their music. Never binged the entire catalog. Never became a huge fan. But I like them.

I had seen Peter Jackson's previous World War I doc, They Shall Not Grow Old, and while that was certainly a wonderful cinematic achievement, I didn't like the pacing. The lack of pacing. Jackson hadn't wanted to clutter it up with linking narration, I guess. So the whole movie played out like one long uninterrupted scene without any breaks.  Just footage assembled into categories like pre-war, boot camp, deployment, fighting, life in the trenches, with archive voices from real veterans talking about roughly the same things. Maybe the pacing wasn't bad, just unusual. But I wasn't sure I could handle 8 hours of it with The Beatles.

For most of part one I felt the same way. We sit in on the Fab Four in the studio as they chat, jam, play other peoples' songs, revisit their own, try to come up with some new ones. The amount of coverage they got is pretty staggering. But after a while I was starting to wonder if this is all it would be, just 8 hours of jamming.

But there was more to it than that. I think I got more used to the pacing after a while. It's nice to see what a day in the life of the Beatles is like.

Story wise, the Beatles haven't performed together live for 3 years. They have gathered in a studio to come up with enough songs to release a new album, and at the end of the month-long session, they are going to debut all the songs in some kind of TV special.

They don't like the first studio so they switch locations, and they don't like the pitches for the special so they keep changing ideas. If you've seen the trailer you know they end up doing a rooftop concert.

It's neat to see how the four interact, and how songs are built. It may get repetitive listening to the 7 or so songs they write over and over for 8 hours, but it's its interesting to see how the songs keep evolving as they go.

And Jackson does add some narrative captions to explain what's going on when it's not clear or could use extra context. He keeps going back to a calendar graphic showing the days of the month counting down which builds anticipation for the final concert.

Well, I like their stuff. I really should binge the whole catalog at some point.

The only other band doc I've seen like this was Metallica's Some Kind of Monster. This one was a lot less toxic than that. Which is surprising because The Beatles broke up after this, and Metallica didn't.

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