Backbeat (Collector's Edition)
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"Backbeat" takes the time to let its bogus Beatles perform entire numbers, mostly soul covers. The real music came from a "grunge" supergroup put together for the film by producer Don Was. The new 5.1 audio sounds sensational, with a vibrant and musical surround stage.
Director Iain Softley ("K-PAX") tells how he spent six years researching and writing the project, inspired by stylish photos he saw of Kirchherr and her lover Stu Sutcliffe, the Beatles' first bass player. The "Backbeat" script was based on her recollections; it focuses on the couple and jealous guy John Lennon.
This might not be a Beatles film, but there's an undeniable thrill when, late in the story, the Paul McCartney character switches to his trademark German bass and the fabled front three wails on "Please Mr. Postman." The film's downer ending gets drowned out by the joys of "Twist and Shout" and the promise of Beatlemania.
This terrific film chronicles the early days of the band in Hamburg before they broke it big and the strong friendship of Lennon and Sutcliffe. Ian Hart virtually steals the film from Stephen Dorf (who's also quite good)capturing Lennon's swagger and sarcastic wit in full stride. Directly Ian Softley focuses more on the duo of Lennon and Sutcliffe than the rest of the band chronicling their friendship. Sutcliffe never lived to see Lennon and the rest of the band achieve their dreams of going to the top and conquer the world. It's a fascinating glimpse into the past and it's clear that Softley did quite a bit of research to make this marvelous film. Hart had played Lennon once before in "The House and Times" a film that portrayed a supposed homosexual fling between Lennon and the band's manager Brian Epstein.
Most of the performances capture the essence of the The Beatles even if they don't always look exactly like the people their playing. The duo Hart and Gary Bakewell at least resemble Lennon and McCartney. While Softley claims he was trying to capture the raw sound of the band in the beginning (which I'm sure he does), my only complaint is that the singers don't sound all that much like Lennon or McCartney. Still, the supporting musicians drawn from members of REM, Afgan Wigs, Nirvana and other groups do create quite a sound.Read more ›
As most everyone has said, the movie is a absolute delight. The performances are all strong and the cinematography just right. It's one of those films you can watch over and over again, and see something different each time. Most highly recommended, especially to fans of early Beatle music.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this movie. Its not completely factual, but a great peek inside the best damn band in the world!Published 7 days ago by Doc
it was was a great back story. It was just a little slow. But overall, a good watch, especially if you're a Beatles fan.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
A few facts might be slightly off. For the most part this is a very entertaining and informative introduction to what the Beatles were like before they were famous. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Patrick
This film shows the Beatles and what they went through in order to become famous. It shows the friendships that they made in Germany. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alan Paul
I am a big Beatle fan and this is a great movie with a wonderful sound track.Published 5 months ago by D. L. Jones
Fascinating true story of often forgotten early Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe. He chose visual art over music, but his artistic legacy remained with the early Beatles: He gave them... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Delmarva McLevy
Two gross inaccuracies in this movie: When they were in Hamburg in the early days, "A Hard Day's Night" didn't exist. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steve E. Lederman