‘Get Back’ Review


The Beatles: Get Back Docuseries

A screenshot from the docuseries showing Paul, John, George, and Ringo performing a rooftop concert on the Apple Corps building on January 30, 1969.

In a recent three-part docuseries titled: The Beatles: Get Back, streaming on Disney+, viewers have the opportunity to indulge in the process behind making the album Let It Be. The Beatles: Get Back documents Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon working together on a single album in 1969, throughout January. The result is a spontaneous rooftop concert following the uncertainty of a live performance.

Each part is between two and three hours, arising in a near-total of almost eight hours. The footage consisted of 60 hours originally shot and an additional 150 hours of audio which Peter Jackson cut down in order to broadcast the key elements. This allows a viewer to get a detailed perspective from one of the world’s most well-known bands.

Most documentaries are typically just over an hour. However, The Beatles: Get Back has a controversial length with some viewers seeing it as too lengthy, while others think it is the perfect amount of unseen footage. The majority of people agree that the 2nd and 3rd episodes were more preferable to the 1st.

According to Google’s “rate and review” section under the The Beatles: Get Back, “The first episode was a little boring, but set the stage for the human interactions between the band members,” but in the second paragraph said, “Episodes 2 and 3 were fascinating.”

In the first episode, the Beatles begin rehearsing and creating, in hopes of a live show. Their lack of motivation is revealed and the tension is high. Following McCartney’s criticism towards Harrison, Harrison leaves the group for five days. Beatles fans are aware of Harrison’s break, although the exact dates of January 5th through January 10th were not steadily known.

Next up, episode two. After Harrison’s abrupt break, the Beatles discuss and decide on officially recording their Let It Be album, abandoning the idea of a live show. The Fab Four head to Apple Corps, more famously known as Abbey Road, to pursue their decision.

In Episode 3, the Beatles’ deadline approaches. On the second to last day, they impulsively perform a concert on the rooftop of the Apple Corps building. Not only do they attract pedestrians passing by, but the Metropolitan Police were also part of the audience, asking them to reduce the volume. This rooftop concert was the finale of their live performances, a relatively significant last moment of their career.

There are distinct details leading to the famous breakup throughout the three parts. Although, even with the stress of the process, there are plenty of joyful moments of singing and laughing. Watching the four members’ buoyancy shines over the quarrels, making for the docuseries’ most entertaining and enjoyable parts. In an interview with the Sunday Times, McCartney shared that watching them laugh together was reaffirming to him.

“It just proves to me that my main memory of the Beatles was the joy and the skill,” McCartney said.

The Beatles: Get Back is a memorable way to get an insight into one of the most famous band’s lives. The laughs, music, playing, and disputes behind the album help to absorb a viewer. In the end, the rooftop concert sweeps the docuseries, overall making the wait completely worth it.