Rich in mesmerizing archival footage, Martin Scorsese’s expansive documentary on the Beatles’ lead guitarist—and of one of the greatest musicians of the 1960s and ’70s—traces in detail all aspects of Harrison’s professional and personal life.
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George is my favorite Beatle, and I'm glad Scorsese made this huge effort to bring a monumental musician and human being to the screen in what is possibly the best documented portrait of him. Sadly, it is not a thorough portrait, as it skimps essential stages in his life -his childhood, his early progress in music- in favor of what the popular culture deems relevant of him. Still, it is beautiful and very moving.
Just watched it last night and have to admit as a Beatles fan that I am, that part II was definitely more interesting and intense that part I, the latter adding little or nothing to what was already known about George Harrison's status with the Beatles. Still can't figure out if I'd actually enjoy it weren't a Beatles fan.
You can see your enthusiasm fell off when you heard so much about a person but not George Harrison. There's so much to study about George. They can make this film 6-7 hours long still I won't get tired of him.
if hugo was solid filmmaking, then this is a fucking masterpiece. the impossible made possible, a brilliant document on the beatles and for my view, the most interesting of them all. it is touching to the last, it delves right into the man, both the good and the bad. there are things missing, like how george met patty, but you cannot include everything over such a running time.
What a fascinating portrait into someone's life. What's more, into the unconventional life of the unconventional Beatle. It's the story of George Harrison's quest for meaning and his reconciliation of fame. Beautiful, haunting & tragic.
the patti boyd/eric clapton interviews were uncomfortably frank. not to mention olivia's bone-chilling account of the intruder. ringo's description of george's last hours and olivia's as well were especially poignant. most of all, a celebration of an amazing wonderful life. loved hearing wah-wah in all its glory, and the genesis of so
I found this documentary to be somewhat informative, but ultimately a bit dry and bland. Given that Harrison was famous for his spiritual search, the movie lives up to (or down to) its title. It is focused on Harrison's experience in the material world with only passing references to some of the ideas Harrison was pursuing. Thus, it creates a pretty conventional, linear narrative that sticks to the surface level.