The documentary The Beatles Eight Days a Week-The Touring Year, directed by Ron Howard, was released in 2016. Howard created it, with an emphasis on their successful touring years from 1964 to 1966. Despite winning multiple nods, the film did not receive a perfect rating; however, it received positive feedback from Rotten Tomatoes, which gave it a 7.9 out of 10 ratings (Rotten Tomatoes). Notably, Metacritic awarded the film a score of 72 out of 100 based on 22 reviews (Abramorama).
The film’s writers began by showing how the Beatles members formed the group, how they made choices, produced music, and grew their career as a group. This was a good way of starting the movie as it helps one have a bright image of how the real group came into existence. This was a good start for a documentary because it created a continuity of events throughout the film (Abramorama).
Having original footage from the Beatles concert incorporated into the film, made the film connect and displayed the real events and views of how people initially reacted to their performances. For instance, the file footage from 1964, when the Beatles had a performance in Washington Coliseum, showed the audience reaction to their performance. One scene showed how teenagers screamed at the concert when Ringo’s hair spread and sweatdropped. This revived the live moments of 1964, thus, creating realism and a connection between the real shows and the documentary. Some of the footage in the film included sound recordings that enabled the audience to hear the music that people at the concert were unable to hear due to screaming during live performances.
The Beatles’ popularity grew bigger day by day, after their first live concert. This is because; they revolutionized the music culture in the United Kingdom and The United States. The rather had a culture that was mostly traditional rock music. Hence their invasion led to a new revolution in rock music and youth culture (Rotten Tomatoes). The film displayed the effect the Beatles had on the people and the countries that they toured. Their first performance in Ed Sullivan stage spread their popularity to the United States and finally to the whole world.
Their increased acceptance and popularity led to Beatlemania, which was a strong influence and love from their fans. This effect was one of a kind and united people across the countries they toured. Their biggest hits, for instance, She loves you and Twist and shouts made women hilariously scream and adore them. This was evident from a news clip captured in ABC cinema performance. It displayed women reactions to them performing these two hits and gave a preview of the feeling of sitting in the front row. This file footage provided an introduction for the film Eight Days a Week (Jordan).
The film portrayed the reaction when The Beatles’ hit song I Want to Hold Your Hand was played for the first time in the US. A young girl heard about them and wrote to DJ Carrol to allow her to play their music on the radio. Afterward, there were numerous requests for the song, therefore, forcing the Beatles’ American label to release it earlier than expected (Jordan). This was a hint that the Fab four would spread Beatlemania in the United States.
The Beatles created the stage for music evolution, and their performances created a strong bond between them as performers and the audience. Thus, this transformed music into a movement that many people felt its effect. This effect is still present in today’s music. It is evident from the audience’s love for live performances.
The film Eight Days a Week had a crucial role to revive the Beatles. Not only did it just revive their tours and performances, but also portrayed them in a manner that the audience related well with the original performances. The film also described their fame life in detail and the effect on their personal life. Notably, the film played their original music performances, which the audience had the opportunity to listen to unlike the one from live performances.
Abramorama.” The Beatles: eight days a week- The Touring Years.” 2018, https://www.metacritic.com/movie/the-beatles-eight-days-a-week—the-touring-years accessed on 12 December 2018.
John Patterson. “Eight Days a Week: How Ron Howards brought the Beatles back to life.” The Guardian. 13 September 2016, https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/sep/13/beatles-eight-days-week-ron-howard accessed on 12 December 2018.
Jordan Runtagh. “Ron Howard’s Beatles Doc ‘Eight days a week’: 10 things we learned.” Rolling stone. 15 September 2016, https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/ron-howards-beatles-doc-eight-days-a-week-10-things-we-learned-129475/ accessed on 12 December 2018.
Rotten Tomatoes. “The Beatles: eight days a week- The Touring Years 2016.” https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_beatles_eight_days_a_week_the_touring_years/