THE BEA­TLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOUR­ING YEARS (M)

Al­ways stop­ping the show ... un­til the shows had to stop. US-UK, 105 min

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Di­rec­tor Ron Howard ( A Beau­ti­ful Mind) dashes off a cur­sory doco cov­er­ing the first half of The Bea­tles’ hit­mak­ing, youth-quak­ing 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 about what it was like to be a Bea­tle back then, this isn’t the place to look. Whether via fresh in­ter­views (Paul and Ringo) or sound bites sal­vaged from the ar­chives (John and Ge­orge), all four Bea­tles are on hand through­out with 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, con­tin­u­ally celeb-splain­ing the blandly ob­vi­ous. The only gen­uine must-see fac­tor here is plenty of qual­ity per­for­mance footage, fur­ther boosted by bet­ter sound mix­ing and sync­ing than ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.

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