Get Back

This documentary chronicles, in sometimes dated intercut fashion, the spate of gigging from Paul McCartney that culminated in his 1990 Get Back world tour. Despite the fussiness of Lester's approach, which bungs in lots of '60s footage, wacky imagery, vegetarian propaganda and home movies, the best thing here is the music itself, from McCartney and a (mostly) very good band. On vintage Beatles rockers like 'Back in the USSR', 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Can't Buy Me Love', McCartney's voice sounds as good as the editing room can make it. There are lots of shots of adoring fans, and Lester even tries to make them the stars by showing them 'off-duty': one in a nurse's uniform, another doing body-building exercises. Generally, the style hits that level of coy futility throughout, split-screens and all, but at least there are some great songs to remember from Macca, shamelessly nostalgic in a way that most pop always has been.

Release details

Duration: 89 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Lester
Cast: Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
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