Get Back, Peter Jackson’s Beatle trilogy

Get Back is a reminder that The Beatles it was just a rock band. Its limbs weren’t heavenly figures with magical powers or anything. They were the product of a precise moment where the stars aligned and we all listened to the same celestial music. And that despite everything, after all the meetings with the lawyers, the managers, interviews with the press and all the machinery behind being a Beatle, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr they really enjoyed playing and making music together.

In a revealing moment in the first chapter of Get Back, the new trilogy of Peter Jackson premiered on the streaming platform of Disney+, the director of cameras Michael Lindsay-Hogg It reminds viewers that none of the Beatles are even 30 years old and yet on their faces we see four musicians who have shared a life together.

The band has promised to do a television special or a concert in Tripoli and cannot agree. There is even a plan to film a performance of the quartet somewhere and have it all end up as a cut skit from Monty Python.

Since the death of Brian Epstein In 1967, the manager who helped create the image of the pop mega-band, the Beatles felt they were adrift and without a clear direction. Every day being a Beatle — whatever that meant — was a drag. This can be seen in the images captured by the Lindsay-Hogg camera. The Beatles are always performing for the cameras, even though they are really upsetting and hurting each other. “Isn’t it a pity how we break each other’s heart and cause each other’s pain,” Harrison sings to his bandmates.

Get Back It is not a documentary about how an album is made, nor is it about a rock concert. Get Back It is the eternal meeting of a band, a rehearsal that does not seem to end and where the pressure only increases on its protagonists who have only a few weeks to “put on a number” and do a show. Is the moment where George Harrison decides to get out of the band. “I see them in clubs,” the farewell letter reads. His bandmates go wild for a little while in the studio as they try to defuse the tension and wait for the guitarist to get the hang of it. It is a story that is lived in all rock bands – even garage ones – where everything is about to be worth everything and there is nothing left but to go ahead and solve it in some way.

Peter Jackson offers us a document made with love for all fans of the band, as well as gave us his vision of the world of Tolkien. Jackson reviews the history of The Beatles, in the same way that he takes the time to tell us about the moment in which the rings of power are forged in Middle Earth.

Get Back It is a wide angle that allows us to appreciate more the details of that fragment formerly known as the documentary Let it Be. It takes us into the intimacy of a band in the middle of the songwriting process, in the exchange of musical ideas and in the process of creating art. Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s cameras capture The Beatles, the most important rock band of their generation, on the brink of separation. It is not always a pretty image and we all know the ending. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr would go their own way in 1970 and that dream is over. Peter Jackson does not seek to rewrite history or erase what was originally left Michael Lindsay-Hogg in his documentary.

Get Back is a reminder that there is still much that can be told about The Beatles. It is a reminder that the songs of the Liverpool quartet continue to fascinate and generate emotion as the first time we heard them. Peter Jackson he’s a fan like us screaming from the first moment the lights go out, waiting for the band to come out to play to shake our jewelry and make noise while The Beatles He plays for one last time on that rooftop and they hope to know: “If we did pass the audition?”

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Antonio Becerril Romo

Operations coordinator of El Economista online

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