Peter Jackson hits back after Beatles fans slam 'boring' 8-hour Disney+ documentary

PETER Jackson, the director behind the documentary The Beatles: Get Back, has hit back at their fans after they complained the series was “boring” and “unnecessarily long”. 

Best known as the director for The Lord of the Rings, Peter had reportedly gone through 60 hours of personal footage from the 1970 film Let It Be to piece together the three-part documentary.

The series is centred around the making of The Beatles' twelfth and final studio album of the same name – but fans aren’t happy. 

The series ended up totalling a whopping 468 minutes in running time, with each episode lasting between two to three hours – and some fans have deemed it as "pointless".

During a chat with NME, however, the 60-year-old stood by his decision in keeping the lengthy episodes.

He explained: "I'd like to say that I didn't really leave out anything that I thought was important – which is why the duration has crept up to what it is today.

"I felt acutely – and this is the Beatles fan part of me kicking in – anything I don't include in this movie might go back in the vault for another 50 years. 

"I was seeing and hearing these amazing moments. I thought: 'God, people have got to see this. This is great. They have to see this.'"

Having spent two years cutting down the footage, Peter – who considers himself a longtime Beatles fan – said he felt it was essential to do the project justice.

But it seemed not all fans were happy to watch the sit through eight hours of the documentary, having complained that Get Back could have been shortened by "at least four hours".

One fan took to Twitter to give their take on the documentary and wrote: "I love The Beatles. They are my favourite band. 

“This does not mean I need to sit through eight hours of them tuning their guitars and plunking out underdeveloped takes of classic songs.”

Someone else said: "I love The Beatles, but the documentary was long and boring. It was presented as if we were watching a painter paint a masterpiece.

"But in reality, it was like watching the painter buying the paint before actually painting."

Another simply fumed: “That’s eight hours of my life that I’ll never get back.”

The Beatles: Get Back is now available to watch on Disney+.

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