The Beatles: Get Back begins with a brief history of the group, Signs that crashed on the highway: Liverpool, 1956; Career; Hamburg, 1960; Cave club; Beatlemania, 1964; The Kings of the Teenagers’ Set The Beatles took the world by storm, but in 1966 they stopped playing live and immersed themselves in the recording studio.
In 1967, Brian Epstein, his manager and traffic light, died. And until 1969, they were in India to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, rule, and stand on the brink of separation.
And this is where Get Back begins in earnest, with a January-January session at Twickenham Studios, designed as a documentary and concert recording. None of this happened exactly as it should have been, and now Peter Jackson stepped in, picked up the record, and set the record. The way he saw it.
The Beatles’ job was to write and record 14 new songs in just two weeks:
But you wouldn’t know from their concentration. Ringo often looks embarrassed at his bandmates – “Someone gave me something to play with”. John is late for every session and looks distracted from the start (“I would say improvise man…”). Paul wants them to take responsibility for the writing process band songs and find time for their songs.
However, some moments shine and start with buzzing and muttering. Paul plays a few chords and fills the lyrics with melody lines and chatter almost to himself. It started again, and George and Ringo watched before adding applause and a bit of instrumental colour. And before you know it, Paul shakes: “Come back! Come back!” Return! Go back to where you came from.”
When the first “episode” of The Beatles: Get Back opened (all three were longer than the average feature film). It was clear this was something to think about.
The on-screen titles encourage storytelling here and there, but there’s no documentary narrative and no contemporary interviews or historicization through the chapters that speak today. Jackson says he’s making a “documentary about a documentary” with Get Back, but what he feels is the fulfilment of every Beatles fan’s dream: to be a fly on the wall. At the same time, the quartet writes, rehearses, and in general, shit turns around.
The calendar chart marks the days of rehearsal to the date of the big show:
And everyone’s filled with sizable amounts of instrumental and asshole noodles, which are likely to be as exciting to Beatles fans as watching songs like the theme song “Two of Us”, “I’ve Got a Feeling”, “Maxwell’s Silver.”
Hammer and Don’t Let Me Down go from skeletons to live, fully formed musical stuff. Lennon’s late again,” Ringo said as they gathered for Day 4 of the session. “I’m thinking of getting rid of him.”
As the days draw near to their special concerts and their leaders insist on combining their energies, it’s a journey to see the Beatles balance offshore with an explosion of iconic genius. In ten minutes, Get Back includes a moment around the drums where a quartet takes over the formative material of a genuinely historic song later.
Paul resists John’s sluggishness in learning new material in the next section. “If you stand against the wall, Paul, you will find that I am the best. We know The Beatles continue to have problems. But at least in Get Back, his genius and weakness are in perfect harmony.
They are no longer the fresh Liverpool from less than nine years ago, and the Beatles of 1969 had leather vests and leather coats with goose down. Fully cropped, their beards, moustaches and long locks outline the skin and features of the quartet.
The Beatles: Get Back was a love story for director Peter Jackson, but it played out as one of the most apparent forms of fan adoration, allowing the band members to act and talk about themselves in a raw format, the smallest moments of this pivotal period. In its history.