This is the movie I had attempted to watch several weeks ago while I was traveling. I ended up in a battle to watch it on my iPad mini for weeks now, before finally giving up and having to watch it on my PC. I really dislike watching any type of movie on my computer. I’d much rather do it from the comfort of my couch, especially a 3.5 hour documentary like this.
George Harrison: Living In The Material World, directed by Martin Scorsese, came out in 2011. Even I had tears in my eyes when I saw the trailer for the movie before it’s release. Was I going to be able to sit through this film about a beloved Beatle who left us way too early?
The movie actually starts out quite poorly. Several times during a scene, the music just drops off and the scene goes to an interview. There’s no fade out. I kept thinking, “Is this going to happen through the entire film? Is this really a Martin Scorsese film? I guess I should be happy he didn’t cast Leonardo as George!” Then I started thinking, “Thank god it’s not a Tim Burton film with Johnny Depp as George!” But I digress…
For some unknown reason, the music stops dropping off and begins fading out between scenes, but still the first half off this film felt more like a Beatles documentary than a movie about George. I paused it and got up several times to get a drink, let the dog out, etc. I almost dreaded having to sit through Part Two after the intermission, but that’s actually where the movie picks up and becomes George’s story. (Except the part where Derek Taylor’s wife shows up and, just like Derek, only wants to talk about doing LSD with the Beatles. Do these people talk about anything else?!)
Part Two of this movie is a delight and kept me in my chair until the end as George’s friends, colleagues, wife and son telling us about the real George. If you can make it through the Blah-Blah of the first 1.5 hours, you’ll love the rest. Though I wouldn’t call this Scorsese’s best cinematic production, the scenes with George and Friar Park are beautiful.
It was not available on my Fios OnDemand, but you can rent from Amazon.com, iTunes or Netflix.
Buy at Amazon.com or any major retailer where movies are sold.
I rate this movie: 3 out of 4 Beetles!