Director Peter Jackson spoke to Rolling Stone about his upcoming deep dive into the Beatles' 56 hours of unused footage for the 2021 big screen release, The Beatles: Get Back. Jackson's take will spotlight a much happier and lighthearted take than the 1970 Let It Be film, which served as the bleak end chapter of the “Fab Four's” career.
Journalist Rob Sheffield got a preview of the footage and wrote in Rolling Stone's new cover story spotlighting the final days of the Beatles, “Jackson’s Get Back footage promises to be full of warmth and camaraderie: John (Lennon) and Paul (McCartney) with acoustic guitars, busking 'Two Of Us,' when John breaks into 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' to crack up his mate. Paul leading an early romp on 'She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,' with John shouting back at each line. ('Get a job, gob!') The band having a bash at their 1965 oldie 'Help!,' halfway treating it as a joke, but inevitably tapping into the song’s adult despair.”
He added: “You see them write songs that ended up on Abbey Road or solo albums — like when John and Paul whip up the Imagine classic 'Gimme Some Truth.' The mischief on their faces, the eye contact, the collective electricity in the playing — there’s a lot more of the Beatles team spirit than you’d guess from the reputation.”