I’m listening to The Beatles as I write this review. Why? Not only because they’re the world’s greatest rock band, but Get Back made me want to explore some of their songs and albums that I may not have heard before. Aside from the writing of such pieces as “Get Back,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “I Me Mine,” we get to bear witness as the Fab Four draft very early versions of some other soon-to-be-famous bits of music, as well as playing around with other popular music of the time. Remember, this was the very beginning of 1969, and the world was a very different place. Get Back immerses you in that world, offering historical context for some of their niche references. It really does feel like stepping into another time period.
Get Back offers a modern audience (especially ones like myself, born this century) the chance that very few had: the chance to hang out with The Beatles, to be a fly on the wall while they craft some of the most well-known rock songs in history. We get to see them for who they really are, not just their public personas: they curse, they joke about taboo subjects, they hang out with their girlfriends, and all laugh together. That’s the best part about it — the unbridled happiness they all bring each other shows just how far they’ve come, and how comfortable they are making music. It’s truly a delight to see.
John, Paul, George and Ringo have already gone down in history, but The Beatles: Get Back allows us to go back in time and get to know them a little more. This is a must-see for those with any interest in the Beatles.
The Beatles: Get Back is streaming on Disney+.