Directed by Ron Howard
Running Time 137 Minutes
3 Mitch’s out of 5
Ron Howard directs the latest Beatles documentary focusing on their touring years. “Eight Days a Week” doesn’t really have too much to say, just letting the superb concert footage of the Beatles stretching from before Beatlemania, getting a sense of just how crazy and big that truly was to their very last time together on a London rooftop in 1969. Howard knows where the bread is buttered and would rather give you the joy of them playing than exploring too in depth about their interband woes. Smart move, this could have been a vote for Donald Trump 2016 advertisement and just mostly played Beatles rocking out in concert, and I would have still thought it was a good film.
There are moments of enlightenment as I learned how the Beatles specifically had it in their touring contracts that they wouldn’t play any venue that enforced segregation, successfully bringing black and white audiences together in the south. These nuggets are few and far between, but I wasn’t too worried as Lennon sang “Help”.