The Beatles: Eight Days a Week is a documentary about the first part of their career from the years 1962 to 1966. This film is a must see for music fans only.
Ron Howard's film focuses on early days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. There are wonderful montages of photos and clips which explore how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr become the phenomenon that was 'The Beatles'.
I'm going to preface this review by saying I'm not a fan of The Beatles nor their music. After watching the documentary, I still do not understand why they were so popular even though I was repeatedly told they were. There are way too many shots of desperate, screaming girls.
The movie follows their career sequentially through the years and talks about the albums they released and the success on the charts. I was fascinated by the political and economic climate of the time and how it influenced their rise.
The band members are obviously talented songwriters and musicians with a talented manager and producer. But the whole thing is just too narcissistic. When they add comments from fans about their eyebrows, you are left wondering if this could have been a better documentary if someone else was in charge.
I enjoyed the footage of their interviews and you got a glimpse at their personalities as cheeky young British men. However, the documentary doesn't delve deeply into their private lives and how becoming celebrities affected their lives. I had the sense The Beatles were trapped in a suffocating situation and were simply a product of their time.
If you love 'The Beatles' and their music, then of course, you going to love this documentary. If you don't love the songs, then just don't bother.