The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (2016)

A fun, breezy trip through the history of the Beatles, mostly the big early 60s Beatlemania period. I was disappointed to see Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band get comparatively little focus, but the film really does benefit from such a short and focused runtime (rare in this day and age, let alone in the often-bloated genre of music biopics), so I understand why Ron Howard zoned in on one particular period more than any other.

Some of the restored film footage here looks brilliant, there are some interesting trivia tidbits, and the talking head segments (ever the bane of this genre) are kept to a relative minimum. The banter between the Beatles and the press was the highlight for me.


A pleasant way to spend ninety minutes. I give it three yellow submarines, and an unmentioned Pete Best.

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