What a delightful experience. Eight Days a Week isn’t just another documentary for some band, its a testimony of the love we have towards the greatest band to have ever existed being conducted by a true Beatles fan. Spanning the decades-worth work The Beatles left behind, Ron Howard meticulously analyzes each phase of The Beatles’ lifespan by including a bunch of fun interviews, perfect use of music, and a depiction of energetic joy with every scene.
Going back to when The Beatles played around bars around Liverpool, Ron Howard covers their first concert to their last, utilizing a style that evolves alongside the evolution that The Beatles undergo during their career. In the beginning its all very fun and energetic but by the time we get to Rubber Soul, the voiceover and the scenes depicted are much more calm and meditative. Ron Howard manages to carry us alongside The Beatles on their path towards a status musical deities and its fantastic.
With that said, Eight Days a Week isn’t a film about the lives of the individuals that constitute The Beatles, but actually about how the music those individuals created impacted the world. This can obviously be summed up with the phenomenon that was Beatlemania, but Howard goes beyond Beatlemania and also shows how The Beatles’ later records such as Rubber Soul and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band also influenced the world in a different way. Posing Beatlemania as a worldwide satisfaction of instantaneous pleasure, Ron Howard juxtaposes this by having their later records serve as a depiction of an everlasting spiritual evolvement. So when the early records delivered on their promise of pure fun, the post Rubber Soul era provided the listener with a stimulation of soul that went beyond the joyous ecstasy derived from early Beatles hits.
Besides covering how each Beatles album impacted the world in its own significant way, Ron Howard also does a great job on capturing the brotherly love The Beatles cultivated among themselves. Showing old videos of them playing around in their room after they’ve received the news their dominating the American market or the countless entertaining talk-show interviews interwoven into the documentary that show the off the charts chemistry they had is simply great. Then you’ve also got some fantastic interviews with some people you might’ve not associated with Beatlemania. Which not only add to the joyous tone of the film, but ground the mania and actually give you an eye-witness account of the insanity that ensued whenever The Beatles went on tour.
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week is a jubilant journey that spans The Beatles entire life span, examining how they matured both as human beings and musically. Ron Howard goes about intelligently presenting each stage of The Beatles and gradually leading us towards the apex of their musical career, knowing exactly when to cut to credits as we watch The Beatles’ final rooftop concert.