THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS
Director: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) Verdict: Always stopping the show ... until the shows had to stop
DIRECTOR Ron Howard dashes off a cursory doco covering the first half of The Beatles’ hit-making, youthquaking career.
Gently tapping the sides of a cast-iron chronology familiar to even casual Fab Four fans, the film starts with the global outbreak of incurable Beatlemania (circa 1962), and ends with the decision to never set foot on a stadium stage again (1966).
If you’re after new revelations, this isn’t the place to look. Whether via fresh interviews (Paul and Ringo) or soundbites from the archives (John and George), all four Beatles offer play-safe commentary on the craziness of the era.
Unfortunately, so too are an inessential collection of talking heads such as Sigourney Weaver and Whoopi Goldberg. The only genuine must-see factor here is plenty of quality performance footage.