Paul McCartney’s 1990-91 tour hits the silver screen in GET BACK, a rock documentary spotlighting his music and message. McCartney’s songs include epic threnodies (“Band on the Run” & “Live and Let Die”); character studies (“Fool on the Hill” & “Eleanor Rigby”); romantic ballads (“The Long and Winding Road” & “Hey Jude”); and, howling rockers (“Can’t Buy Me Love” & “Back in the USSR”).
McCartney’s band is tight and versatile. They recreate songs from Paul’s Beatle days, as well as poignant solos. McCartney is a brilliant music stylist with an expert grasp of melody and creative song structure. The acoustical quality of this film is also excellent, thanks to sound engineers Leslie Hodge and Jeff Cohen. The downside of GET BACK is director Richard Lester’s occasional attempts to affix political commentary to otherwise simple song lyrics. This political fare is coupled with McCartney’s peace and love grandstanding that has stuck to the Beatles since the 60’s. GET BACK also contains hints of spiritual searching. Pray that Paul McCartney would surrender his life to life to Jesus Christ, as “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
(H, V, N, S) Bombs being dropped on Vietnam, thatched huts being burned, civil rights protestors being beaten and drugged, & terrorist activities in the Middle East; naked woman painted in psychedelic colors & naked children running from soldiers; and, woman in audience is shown being caressed by her boyfriend.