Ron Howard's brilliant new documentary of the Beatles on tour in the early sixties when they were just 19. They were so neatly dressed by Brian Epstein for Twist and Shout. We now know how remarkable and irreplaceable they were and this film pours a deluge of euphoria all over us. They released 'With the Beatles' in November '63 after Kennedy was shot and America raged with race and nuclear atoll tests.
A portrait of four young geniuses standing at the nexus of profound cultural upheaval. The fact that it ends virtually with their last concert tour performance feels both appropriate and respectful, allowing the quartet's remaining five albums to speak for themselves, rather than serve as emblems of the ever changing socio-political tide.
If you are a Beatles fan, go see this in the cinema! The restoration of old concert footage is thrilling for anyone who ever wanted to see the Beatles perform; even if you have seen this footage before, you haven't seen it like this. Perhaps the best part was the Bonus Reel after the film, an amazing restoration of the 1966 documentary film The Beatles At Shea Stadium.
The extra 30 minutes footage of The Beatles 1965 concert at Shea Stadium after end credit is the reason you spent some money to buy a ticket of this movie. Oh yes, it was digitally restored to 4K resolution. Well, in my opinion, watching The Beatles in high definition is a f*cking PERFECTION! A compliment to the director and his crews...
They should make a sequel after this: The Studio Years (1966-1970)!! Anyway, not exactly a story we haven't known before, but Howard compiled all the restored footages like a musician with enormous energy and the right melody. It's a great treat for anyone who wanted to go back in the 60s and see the madness of Beatlemania itself. Total fab!
Fairly standard documentary. I liked that it was all about the Beatles as performers, and focused on one of the lesser discussed aspects of their careers, but I was also disappointed Ron Howard didn't narrate. Also, I understand it's probably quite hard to find John Lennon talking about the Beatles in a nuanced manner, but seriously, one clip?
I'm not a Beatles completist but I have seen a slew of documentaries on them. This offers little to no insights on the band and glosses over a few things which could have used further inspection. That said, like the band, this film is utterly charming. It is also unapologetically nostalgic. The hook here is previously unreleased footage and there seems to be a lot of it -- concerts, vacations. It's delightful.
More impressive for the brilliant technical work on all the new and unseen footage than the actual documentary structure or editing, some of which was a little disingenuous, Also, Howard leaned too much on famous fans as talking heads (why no non-famous fans?). However, great overall effect, genuinely funny and it would be a great Beatles primer for the uninitiated. Their wit and talent shines through in every frame.