Your review has just added to my excitement. Now I love the Beatles, but wish I hadn't listened to Sgt Peppers or heard any songs off it, so that I knew I could look forward to listening to one of the greatest albums of all time for the first time again. Weird, but you might get it.
My kids here (9, 11 and 12) all like music in their own ways and know the lyrics to so many songs, as since they were born I've had them listening to music (or had it on in the background somewhere), but one day, they will sit down, put some headphones on and listen to my Dad's original Sgt Peppers on vinyl and try to understand what it has meant to pop culture and music for the past 50 years.
If you've ever been in a band and been one of the main (or only) song writers, you know what it's like when you have an idea, or someone else has an idea in a jamming situation and how it evolves. Or when you bring an idea to the group, it's really a hard negotiation sometimes and you see how others react and show their enthusiasm or not. You feel quite exposed.
This film, split into 3 episodes, is a complete gift - a time/event you thought was gone but it's all there in 8 hours, well filmed and utterly watchable. You are transported back to the Beatles jamming out ideas for their last album and you see all the nuances, all the conversations, all the ego battles, all the struggles to sell ideas and you see how their minds work together or individually. You see the birth of some classic songs right there. It's completely fascinating, don't think I will ever want to stop watching it.
Ok a glowing review but I am so surprised this exists, as I said, a complete gift.