The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years (2016)
Critic Consensus: We love them, yeah, yeah, yeah -- and with archival footage like that, you know The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- The Touring Years can't be bad.
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[Howard seems] as if he were intent on making a film for anyone who tuned in to The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, fell in love with the four adorable mop tops and regrets all the long-haired plonking about with sitars that came later.
The Beatles now belong to an honored past, stuck there like an obelisk, and yet here they are, alive-busting out all over, time and time again. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
90 percent familiar and a bit hagiographic as well, but just try watching it without smiling.
Ron Howard's documentary rightly keeps coming back to the music and the band's delight in making it. Good move. It truly is a joy forever.
Don't expect trenchant analysis or deep insights into the group's creative process. Do revel, however, in the gleeful tumult and the gorgeous music.
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When you have the resources of Ron Howard and the producers working on this doc you can insert interviews with famous Beatles fans and access astounding archival footage from news sources, concerts, in depth interviews with John and George before they died, and more candid material. Focusing on the BUSY touring years from 1963 to '66 when the boys from Liverpool were getting along, this film is loaded with their great music and reveals their personalities, which those of us who didn't live during that time probably only have a vague understanding of. The digital remastering of the songs is stellar and the taped concert footage is crisp, clear, and well synched. Their cheeky jokes with the press put a smile on my face and I learned that the Fab Four refused to perform at Southern stadiums and concert venues that had segregated seating. They forced change through their popularity here in America by only agreeing to give a concert if blacks and whites in the audience were free to sit wherever they chose. Like doing the work of eight days in a seven day week this documentary packs so many details about a short three year period into its two hour and seventeen minute runtime. I recommend you watch it on Hulu.
A neat work of editing gives fans a fresh experience with the Beatles. Lotsa concert footage. Good stuff.
It is a delight to witness now all that Beatlemania hysteria and the members' cheeky sense of humor in a lot of priceless archive footage combined with welcome interviews, but this nice doc is also a bit too unpretentious and doesn't offer much new insight about the band and their touring years.
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