The Beatles Get Back Part 3 Review: A Sad But Riveting End

The Beatles Get Back part 3 is the third part of the documentary series directed by Peter Jackson, best known for directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit trilogy. The four-part long series covers the making of the Beatles’ groundbreaking 1970 album called Let It Be which originally was supposed to be released with the title Get Back. Starring the band members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, The Beatles: Get Back uses the material previously captured for Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 documentary of the album. The first episode of the series has a running time of 2 hours and 36 minutes.

The audio is mainly in English but the viewer has the freedom to choose between multiple subtitles options like Malay, Hindi and many more. It is produced by the WingNut films. The synopsis of The Beatles Get Back Part 3 synopsis reads, “The Beatles must decide if they will perform live for the first time in three years.

– The Beatles Get Back Part 3 contains mild spoilers –

The Beatles Get Back Part 3 starts with a clip that reads, “ The Beatles have been rehearsing for 16 days for a live album ……….And possibly to stage some kind of a show. They have to be finished by the end of the month. The latest plan is to perform on the rooftop of their own building. Three days from now…” Just like the previous episodes, The Beatles Get Back Part 3 begins with a song in the background. This time it is Octopus’s Garden

The Beatles Get Back Part 3 is essentially building up to the final showdown: the rooftop concert. There are endless discussions and squabbles over whether the rooftop concert should even be happening and if it is, what would it lead to. The conflicting opinions of the band members and the tension regarding the upcoming concert make The Beatles Get Back Part 3 quite a watch.


We also see snippets of Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney’s daughter, Heather’s interaction with the band. The director has been mindful enough to strike a perfect balance between showcasing the professional and the personal lives of the band members. Most parts of The Beatles Get Back Part 3 is shot in the white coloured rehearsal room. The band members’ families can be sighted quite often. 

The episode is almost like a countdown, with frequent shots of a calendar with the rooftop concert date marked in red. The final last minutes of The Beatles Get Back Part 3 essentially capture the Rooftop concert and the preparations that were undertaken for it. The viewer feels like they are in a BTS shoot, with the light, camera and assisting crews. However, the viewer also gets to experience the uncertainty of the band members too, while they are in the rooms downstairs.


Summing up, The Beatles Get Back Part 3

Like all good (and) long things come to an end, The Beatles Get Back comes to an end with The Beatles Get Back Part 3. The viewer or might not be tired at this point. However, the rooftop concert which is the prime feature of the entire series is itself an hour long. The Beatles Get Back Part 3 sometimes tests your patience, especially if you are not a die-hard fan but it is also a very rewarding watch.

The dynamic between the band members is as complex as anyone’s relation with their best friends. In a nutshell, the director Peter Jackson certainly does believe in one thing – you cannot have enough of a good thing. Whether this proverb is applicable to The Beatles Get Back Part 3 is up for the viewer to decide.

The Beatles: Get Back part 3 is now streaming on Disney + Hotstar.

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The Beatles Get Back Part 3 covers a part of the band's journey in creating their groundbreaking album Let It Be.


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