Get Back review: Watch The Beatles making magic in their final days

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I wonder what my mum and dad would've made of Peter Jackson's three-part documentary, which kicks off today on Disney Plus.
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My dad saw the Beatles play live once. Lots of parents and grandparents did, obviously, but I like to think my dad's story was a bit special. He was sweeping up after a youth-club dance and chanced to catch the night's entertainers, four up-and-coming local lads, jamming together on the stage. I wonder if, while watching John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr messing around together at the very start of their career, he got goosebumps like I got from new documentary Get Back, which gives you an intimate close-up of the fractured Fab Four in their final days.

Directed by Peter Jackson, Get Back takes us to1969 and challenges a long-established narrative about the last days of the Beatles. It's a documentary series consisting of three lengthy episodes, released on Disney Plus one at a time from today, on Nov. 25, 26 and 27.

This exhaustive (and, honestly, slightly exhausting) look inside the songwriting and recording process gives you a close-up of the four most famous musicians in the world as they try to work out whether they want to be Beatles anymore. It's undoubtedly a hypnotic treat for music scholars and Beatles megafans. But even with the absorbing undercurrent of suspense around the band's fate, Get Back is still eight hours of watching some guys sitting around in a room.

Having grown from a gang of bequiffed teenagers in the late 1950s into the lauded lords of Beatlemania in the 1960s, by 1969 the group found itself adrift. After a backlash from American religious types against Lennon's glib remark about being more famous than Jesus, they gave up touring to focus on increasingly complex and experimental music. But a side effect of the time-saving technological innovation of multitracking meant they played individually rather than together as a unit, just as other commitments and relationships put their friendship under strain.

Feeling they needed to recapture their old energy, the band decided to write…
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