21st Century Beatles: I’m a Fan! [part 1]
Part 1 — Get Back: Not since Dallas, or at least The X-Files, have I seen anything approaching a water cooler moment like the way a diverse crowd of folks responded to the nearly eight hours* of Peter Jackson’s documentary Get Back, starring The Beatles. With the bevy of reviews and articles, and in online conversations with various friends, a faint echo of the shared Beatles experience blew through the windows this past Autumn. Their artistry, family dynamics, creative process, the tedium, all was laid bare in what amounted to a unique, extended document, something that hadn’t been tried before outside of the avant garde. Which is what The Beatles always do. In this case, they take all the energy that had—throughout their time as the most famous group in history—pushed them to the spectacular. On these reels, they reverse that energy, directing it away from the spectacular and towards the ordinary. Because they’re that, too.
From that hours-long experience:
*Seven hours and forty-eight minutes.