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Have you watched, or are you watching, "The Beatles: Get Back?"?

Asked by Love_my_doggie (12911points) December 23rd, 2021

Please share your impressions.

We’ve seen Parts 1 and 2, looking forward to the finale.

There are approximately 60 hours of film footage. The documentary is about 8 hours. I’m wondering how we’ll all be able to access the remaining 52 hours. There’s no such a thing, after all, as too much of The Beatles.

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janbb's avatar

Waiting to get access to Disney Plus to see it.

filmfann's avatar

I asked this here

As I said there, I haven’t seen Let It Be in 20 years, but I remember it better than I remember my grandchildren’s names, which annoys me as much as Yoko Wade.
So I remember favorite parts, as well as little bits that annoy me.
Not all of what is in Let It Be (80 minutes long) is in Get Back (7 hours 48 minutes). There is a part where Paul is trying to tell John how to play a song. There is a comical version of Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, and a samba version of The Long And Winding Road (which is only partially shown here).
There is a lot of stuff here I love that I have never seen before, but I don’t see how the release of this will stop an outcry for a release of the original Let It Be.

Forever_Free's avatar

On my list to see.

jca2's avatar

I haven’t watched it but might someday.

@janbb: If you know someone who subscribes to Disney+, they can share their logon with you.

janbb's avatar

@jca2 Yes. I am added to someone’s Disney account. I just have to get their log in.

LuckyGuy's avatar

We just finished it. I found it amazing. Those boys were true musicians. They could make up a riff and go with it – and make up words on the fly.
Paul says something like: “A, D then Fsharp” and they know what to do.

It is clear John did not want to be there. He was the arrogant person in the meeting who makes noise and is disrespectful to other speakers. (We would have fired him and his second head, Yoko, even if he was the star player.)

I liked how they played with words to make the songs sound right. “Jo Jo left his home in Tuscon Arizona….” ” Is Tucson in Arizona?” Bismark, North Dakota? Brooklyn, New York City. It didn’t matter.

I do feel sorry for all those fans who studied every word and inflection looking for hidden meaning. There was no meaning. They picked words that sounded good – or they made up stuff on the spot.

And Billy Preston was a joy to watch. He was smiling the whole time truly enjoying himself – while Paul worked so hard to get everyone together, George felt slighted, Ringo remained wishy-washy, and John did everything he could to be the boss, even if his heart was not in it.
I really enjoyed watching it. 6 hours is a long time. We split it over about 5 days.

filmfann's avatar

@LuckyGuy It’s like we watched different movies. John wasn’t trying to be the boss; he was trying to work it out. He didn’t like to be told what to do (I noticed they cut out one of McCartney’s more demanding moments), but he worked with the others.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Interesting! We definitely have different takes. :-) Here’s why i said that.
Every day they would plan on a start time for the next morning. John would stroll in late. Often when Paul would try to talk, John would start playing riffs over him. When Paul was reading the newspaper article to “the lads” John just kept making more and more noise over him. Neither one would back down. Paul kept reading right to the end.
Paul would start a song – even the ones where he is doing a solo – and John would mock him by mouthing words or even throwing in some noise.
And Yoko! WTF? She is sitting reading a newspaper right between John and Paul while they are trying to work. OK, maybe John needed her control but couldn’t John ask her to sit back a couple of feet so they didn’t have to talk around her. John brought in his monks or whatever. I’m guessing he needed support to control his drug habit.
I agree John didn’t want to be the boss. He just wanted to show he had control and power over what everyone else did. No one could start unless he was ready and willing. And he had to say some nonsense at the end of most song so his voice is the last heard – even if it was nonsense.
Imagine what it would be like if everyone just got down to business and created. They were so talented. Pick up an instrument and they could play.
I really felt sorry for Glyn, the sound engineer, trying so hard to piece things together.

Billy Preston on the other hand was super productive and willing to do what it takes. And it looked like he was having a good time. He’s someone I’d want on my team.
Also I loved Paul’s comment about the piano. (paraphrasing) ” All the songs ever written are on this keyboard.” Love it!

LuckyGuy's avatar

By the way. I’ve been humming a few of those songs all day.
“We’re on our way home… Get back Jo Jo…

And every now and then I hit a couple of notes on the harmonica that sound like a song or two. If you have a piano keyboard handy try hitting F and A together and with the same spacing slowly go down the scale 8 times (E G, D F, C E , B D, A C… E and G) . See if it sounds familiar. :-)

They sure were talented.

malcomkade's avatar

Yes! I watched the first to episodes the night it came out, and the last episode the next morning. Watching them write songs was brilliant. They are such legends now its hard to think of them as just a normal band. They jammed and joked just like all bands do, except the music they made was better overall than any other band in history

Love_my_doggie's avatar

^^^ I especially enjoyed watching Ringo’s talent and creativity. He would observe his bandmates, absorb everything being said and done, and decide about the percussion. Nobody ever corrected him; “Richie” knew what to do, and the other guys had full respect for his abilities.

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