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Get back, get back to where you once belonged, you want to shout. But the movie is stuck in the wrong groove.
There's nothing very profound here, but we do at least get a nice handling of period and milieu, and pretty good performances of the songs.
What pulls you over the bum spots is the electrifying immediacy.
The early, pre-fame days of the Beatles are a great subject for a film, but the potential has been only partly realized in Backbeat.
The music is loud and raw, but nevertheless evokes the excitement it generated.
Backbeat, which for all its pretensions can often be impressively canny and affectionate about its subject, is helped enormously by newly recorded versions of Beatle records.
It is the band, the group - with or without Sutcliffe - that makes Backbeat such a powerfully emotional elegy.
First-time director Iain Softley makes the film more visually distinctive than most music bios.
The film tells the story of the original, little-known fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe, a young painter with rock n' roll sensibility who in 1960 forgoes his promising art career to join his best friend John Lennon (nicely played by Ian Hart) in Berlin
You can't miss the affection and sincerity Backbeat carries from start to finish.... Softley bottles the attitude and energy, the excitement of the new, that were as integral to the Beatles' success as their songs.
The music, done here by a group of grunge all-stars, doesn't even attempt to sound dead-on, but remains mostly true to the raucous spirit of the time.
points to the tragic irony of immortality being achieved through early death
This is an admittedly highly fictionalized version of the Beatles early days in Hamburg, but that is not the central theme of the movie. It's really about a love triangle between two best friends, and the woman they both are drawn to. There are a few great characters brought to life by a few very good performances by the actors portraying them, and that is what really drew me in. That said, any Beatles fan will also dig the stylized look at their early days. You can't really take it as fact, but you can have a hell of a lot of fun imagining that this is sort of the way it might have been.
Not just another film or story about The Beatles, this is the story of Stuart Sutcliffe; the fifth Beatle, his relationship with John Lennona and their time with the rest of The Beatles in Hamberg.
Whilst being a fan (although not a die hard fan) of The Beatles, I knew very little of Stuart Sutcliffe, so this made for interesting viewing and also showed John Lennon in a slightly different light to most portrayals and the obvsious bond between the two of them.
This is an OK movie. I suspect it had difficulty deciding whether it was made as a documentary about the Beatles early years, or a story about the unfortunate life of Stuart Sutcliffe.
Good true life and tragic story of a musician and artist Stuart Sutcliffe in the early days of The Beatles in Hamburg. He was known as the 5th Beatles.
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