MONDAY MOVIE CLUB REVIEW: Simple start and complex finish for the pop Fab Four

The Beatles, (from left) George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and (front) Paul McCartney.
The Beatles, (from left) George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and (front) Paul McCartney.
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The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -The Touring Years, South Holland Centre, Spalding

A director famous for films such as Frost/Nixon, A Beautiful Mind and How the Grinch Stole Christmas has turned his attention to the most prolific band of all time.

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years is Ron Howard’s account of the Liverpool quartet’s rise from The Cavern Club to conquering the singles charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

Industry reviews of the 100-minute movie-documentary describe it as a predictable journey along The Beatles’ rise to fame, ahead of the Fab Four’s departure into more Eastern musical influences.

So rather than delve into the whys and wherefores of both Pete Best and the late Stu Sutcliffe not being part of The Beatles during the glory years, in addition to the sudden death of manager Brian Epstein in 1967, Ron Howard’s movie sticks to the story as we know it.

The best bits of the movie are the contributions of actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Sigourney Weaver, along with British actor Eddie Izzard and the insightful Elvis Costello.

Why would I, a news guy, want to travel with a band that would be here in October and gone in November?

American journalist Larry Kane

However, where The Beatles: Eight Days A Week does shine is when it carries the memomories of American journalist Larry Kane who followed the group on its debut American tour in 1964.

Review by Winston Brown