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Parents' Guide to

The Beatles: Get Back

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Smoking, drinking, extraordinary art in Beatles docuseries.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Great Documentary

Great documentary. I recommend for children and adults above 10 years old.
age 12+

Wonderful documentary

Before I go into writing this review, I want to add that I still can not fathom the fact there’s finally footage of this specific Beatles era. It’s amazing. It’s hard for me to determine what ages should be ok to watch this. I know lots of teens nowadays love some Beatles, and I don’t blame them. I should mention some of the foul language that’s said and smoking/drug use is a thing to look out for when letting children watch. However, that’s to be expected when it’s four adult men… in 1969-1970. It’s a fun little documentary to enjoy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

In Peter Jackson's hands, this three-part documentary is too long and winding for all but the biggest Beatles fans, but it's also fascinating, funny, and as sad as watching a marriage implode. The numbing length, all 7 hours and 48 minutes of it, is perhaps not surprising from a guy who managed to turn 304-page book The Hobbit into a three-part film series, but it's daunting nonetheless to those who aren't already fervent Beatles lovers. Going into Get Back with some background on the band is also wise: Viewers who know that John Lennon and Yoko Ono are struggling with a heroin addiction can better understand Lennon's icy vibe and Ono's blank stare, while those who understand that George Harrison came to the rehearsals inspired by recent jam sessions with American musicians can more easily grasp the frustration that ultimately leads to his quitting the band, live and on film (he was persuaded to return, yet the band broke up a year later, anyway).

But even those who come to Get Back without an understanding of the underlying tensions can enjoy watching the world's most famous musicians -- young, faces unlined, impossibly cool in '60s fashions -- breathe life into now-legendary songs like "Don't Let Me Down." Gathered together in a circle in the cavernous space they've set up, they try out guitar chords and harmonies, change up lyrics, hoot at or approve each other's contributions. It's incredible watching a classic song be born, and Get Back looks and sounds great, too: Under Jackson's masterful guidance, the original 16mm footage has been enhanced and blown up to the proper aspect ratio for widescreen movies; the focus and colors sparkle and we can see every detail. The soundtrack, too, has been remastered with advanced audio technology that make it possible to hear every voice even when everyone's talking at once, and renders the Beatles famous sound, even when they're just screwing around, almost as beautiful as it is on their albums. It all adds up to a sensory experience that's simply a delight, even if it takes its time concluding.

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