Review of Ron Howard’s Hulu released The Beatles documentary “Eight Days a Week”
By Carter Bagley
Ron Howard has always been a great filmmaker and has made some great films like “Apollo 13” and “A Beautiful Mind”, so when I heard he was making a documentary on one of my favorite bands of all time, The Beatles, I was instantly interested. The film focuses on the rise of the band’s success in America and the years they spent touring the nation and the world. I went in not knowing what to expect and it turned out to be a very gripping, entertaining, funny, heartwarming, and slightly sad film as it shows the evolution of the band’s relationship and their public image. The highlights of the film is when their songs come bursting to life before your eyes showing the band play them in front of thousands of crying, screaming fans and occasionally even them making the famous songs we all know in the studio. They interviewed a number of famous celebrities who had something to say about The Beatles in someway or another. One of the most interesting and insightful interviewee was Whoopi Goldberg who gave her experience with the band and how they have impacted her throughout her life. The sheer number of people they effected and the god-like size of their fame is also expressed very well in this film for someone who wasn’t alive to see it for themselves. They truly were a phenomenon that took over and completely changed the music industry in the 1960’s. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr each gave in depth interviews on those years and it’s really heartwarming to hear how much they remember everything and speak of the other Beatles in such high regards. McCartney even gets emotional at some parts when he’s speaking of the band. Ron Howard does an excellent job putting this project together and focusing it in the right direction and you can tell he really cares about their music and their story. Even George Harrison has a few bit parts in interviews from before he died but they clearly couldn’t find enough footage of him speaking on the topic and John Lennon has zero but is featured heavily in the archive footage of the band’s early years. Ron Howard also searched extensively for new unseen footage of the band from 1962-1966 and found a lot of great footage from fan’s perspectives and behind the scenes footage that’s been lost with time. I don’t usually get that interested in documentaries but I must say that this film was really entertaining and it might not have told me anything new necessarily, but seeing The Beatles be The Beatles and to watch their relationship with each other and the impact they had was pure joy.