do you ever think about how john wrote "everyday we used to make it love / why can't we be making love nice and easy" followed by the lines "it's time to spread our wings and fly / don't let another day go by, my love" and in a song where he also mentions taking off alone like they used to do in the early days... wild
#sometimes i cant believe (just like) starting over exists #like thats the most obvious declaration of love in the history of music #it's like.. yeah we drifted apart for a while but no matter what i'll always love you #and #it's okay that we did because that's life #but it's enought now don't you think? #please let's get it together because i miss you #etc etc #i just. you know #it's just so very tender and sweet and a proof of love that is everlasting #the estranged lovers that finally meet again vibe that it gives me... #it almost feels like before sunrise by linklater you know.. but more mature and more like We Are Ready Now I Think #it also breaks my heart because of the circumstances and the tragedy #but oh what an incredible beautiful song #mclennon#j&p#john
#kind of went off on a tangent there so sorry anon! #and to clarify #i dont wanna shit on mclennoners entirely as if they *all* hate linda #(ik you werent saying that they all do btw anon; its just SOME) #like from my experience a lot of mclennoners do love linda #but yeah #i dont really care if people wanna say “hey she wasnt perfect” #but if someone was just being blatantly rude about her we KNOW id kick their fookin face in #if you wanna continue this discussion btw anon feel free to dm me :) #linda mccartney#linda eastman #paul and linda #beatles#beatles girls#asks#anon #phoneys fandom opinions
What I've gathered from Get Back is that Peter Jackson is a McLennon supporter haha. However on a more serious note, watching how obsessed John and Paul are with each other... To the point where you can fully feel the tension and longing between them through the screen is absolutely incredible. It brings me such agonizing pain to think that the universe pulled them apart in this lifetime...
Lennon / McCartney est. 1957... I have truly never seen anything like it... The way they look at eachother. The way they speak without words. The way they can have a whole conversation through music. The way one can finish the others thought and even predict what the other would say. It's absolutely and utterly beautiful. Once in a lifetime ordeal y’know.
Not to veer off topic but let me just say: Peter Jackson... Bravo. His editing was brilliant, never missing little details, especially the ones he knew those real fans would notice. Nothing was a mistake. He managed to capture and tell the story of the Beatles beautifully, such a difficult task, yet he succeeded with ease...He addressed, and delivered those special moments of the band as well so as if you were right there with them. Each scene you could feel the exact mood of the moment. Almost like experiencing whatever emotion it was from joy, to anger, to sadness, to absolute giddiness right there with them.and then managed to capture John and Paul’s relationship even better, something not many have been able to do through film, or literature, or even had the guts to try. However Jackson noticed, and brilliantly captured how special, deep, and intense the connection between them was, from the longing stares, the smiles, laughs, painfully intense eye contact, goofy banter and overall just those little moments that make John and Paul... Well John and Paul. It’s an almost indescribable thing those two, and Jackson managed to get it all across.
Back to McLennon... It’s painful for me to watch those two so happy and still carrying that a spark from that fiery bond they shared for oh so many years, and to know that here soon, they’ll begin let something so rare, so beautiful heartbreakingly dwindle away... I can't even begin to imagine how painful it is for Paul... Seeing first hand how rare, how intense his connection was with his Johnny, only to watch himself let it slip through his fingers. Just seeing the countless times John reached out for Paul through jokes or silly lyrics or random comments almost to say “I miss you please stay, even though I can't say it out loud because i'm a daft lad so you say it first” and Paul just miss it, or refuse to acknowledge it out of fear of whatever it was they had. You can even see it in Paul, in the ways he stares bullets through John at points in the film, and the LOOKS. The LOOKS he gives him that seem to be saying “I’m watching you slip away but god please don't go I need you Johnny”. It’s obvious in their silent communications that there is just so much they want to say to one another, but for whatever reason simply cannot bring it out to the surface. You see that's the tragic part of it all... What could have been if they just communicated their obvious feelings towards each other, platonically or not, just sharing how they felt towards one another could have potentially changed everything.
In the end, this documentary captured even further the otherworldly connection of John Lennon and Paul McCartney that to this day, hardly remains matched. Seeing first hand how those two just divinely fit into one another was a gift that I am so endlessly thankful to have witnessed. Their relationship was written in the stars, and if you can watch this film and say otherwise, I really don't know what to tell you.
A huge Thank You to Peter Jackson for showing the world who the Beatles really were, apart from the “Four mop top lads that put out some good songs, went weird, turned into hippies, then fought and broke up” haha! Then especially for capturing something so difficult and complex as the ethereal relationship that is John Lennon and Paul McCartney through editing in those little details that truly communicate volumes as to how strongly they really felt towards one another... Though my opinion may be biased, I think one thing is clear as day, I will be in intense McLennon pain for the foreseeable future :) Kudos if you read to the end! Much appreciated to have all my mad rambles heard out <3
I just have to say I'm SO THANKFUL that Two of Us exists and the many, many beautiful moments between John and Paul this song has given us... I'm still not over how during the Get Back documentary, the 'You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead' bit was edited to show us John and Paul's faces just staring at one another, because that quote is them and is entirely about them.
Ever since the Let it Be movie that song has been my fave part and watching the documentary I see why. 💕
John Lennon and Paul McCartney playing piano in the early years of The Beatles and then towards the end...
The McLennon content in Get Back is phenomenal. Everyone could see how hopelessly in love those two idiots were except them. I cannot imagine being Paul and having to watch through new eyes how special and incredibly rare their relationship was after all these years. The McLennon pain is real guys :)
If I hear one more person say John and Paul were like brothers I am going to scream in their face. I’m so done.
#when the two people themselves refer to their relationship as having been like a marriage #then maybe we should be respectful of their feelings and consider it as such #and when they both have used the phrase ‘in love’ repeatedly about the other #well maybe we should actually listen to what they say #point blank ignoring it for an explanation you find more palatable is just showing you up as a complete jerk by this point #mclennon #john and paul
in retrospect I'm kind of fascinated by the way michael lindsay-hogg misunderstood the beatles while making this mess. like yes, he's the most punchable person on screen at any given time; whenever he opens his mouth he says something that feels custom-designed to slam into their most specific and deeply-held insecurities, and his ego ensures that he doesn't listen to them at all. but the nature of his failure is so perfectly representative of what's always wrong with public perceptions of the beatles, and it's so interesting when you remember that he is also the director of some classic uhh... mclennon fanfiction, I guess? that's not exactly right, but I don't know how else to characterize the movie "two of us," which was made in 2000 and is frankly the only beatles biopic I've ever really liked. the fact that this smarmy kid who missed the point so hard while making "let it be" managed to nail it while directing this fix-it fic later is enthralling, honestly.
because the problem that he keeps running into is a question of scale and what it is that makes the beatles good. he's very invested in this concept of having them out in an ancient amphitheater in the desert and doing these sweeping overhead shots with a giant audience. he's so married to this idea that he ignores the band repeatedly telling him that they aren't willing to do that, because they won't travel and aren't all that comfortable with a big audience in the first place. it's not even that he keeps pushing for this because they're saying no without offering an alternative; the boys suggest perfectly good concepts, but a lot of things the they ask for are small. they want to do a show in a club, or a dance hall, or the studio. they keep telling him they want close and intimate, and he keeps saying no, we need Huge and Sweeping and Universal!
related to this, probably the moment that most makes me want to yell "fuck you" at the screen is when linda offers an opinion and says, "I'm speaking as a fan!" and MLH snottily replies that he is also a fan, and a bigger fan than she is. it's mostly an annoying comment because of how breathtakingly patronizing and self-important it is. but the underlying insinuation is that he Gets It in a way she does not - his feelings are the justified worship of the larger-than-life music gods, while hers are supposedly just piddly little personal affection for quirky, imperfect human beings who happen to be making something notable.
the adolescent hubris and misogyny of these two issues aside, you can see that his problem is that he thinks they're good because they're big, rather than big because they're good. he's bought into the marketing contrivance of the past few years that the beatles represent some kind of platonic ideal of universal love that's the same for everyone and everything, and that any portrayal of them should therefore be massive and all-encompassing. but he's mistaking the packaging for what's inside it, which is four oddballs who have spent the last decade fueled in large part by their deeply personal attachment to one another and wonky charisma that makes audiences want to connect with them. they're not prophets or wizards; they're a close-knit club band who have a taste for novelty and have been set loose on the fancy recording equipment. MLH is blinded by the glamour that's been painted over them, though, so he doesn't see that the strange, sometimes ugly little love that keeps them chugging along is more important to who they are than the perfect and global significance he imagines them having.
which is what makes me marvel at "two of us," because it operates on the absolute reverse of that mistake. so much of what makes it work is that it happens on a teeny tiny scale. most of the movie has fictional john and fictional paul as the only characters on screen, and nearly all the action is them talking to each other. if there are other speaking characters present, there's a sense of discomfort or comedic awkwardness - john and paul are initially tense in each other's presence, but at the same time are the only people either of them are comfortable with. they seem protected in their solitude, which is a hell of a contrast to how exposed and cornered the real beatles seem in the twickenham footage from let it be/get back. the whole story is a bittersweet bit of wish fulfillment about two people mending a complicated friendship, because the magic was never that they were larger than life, it was that they were human-sized all along, and that was more special than idealized caricatures of rock stars could have ever been. it took him 30 years, but this guy did eventually figure out what he did wrong and try again. I don't know, I think it's neat.
(I do think linda should have gotten a free swing at him, though.)