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Wingspan (2001)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Biography | Music  -  11 May 2001 (USA)
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The story of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles musical career.

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A visually entertaining look at one of the 70's most underrated bands
7 June 2001 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A visually entertaining look at one of the 70's most underrated bands, this documentary contents unreleased footage and music from Paul McCartney band Wings during their 9 year run. Being a fan of Wings who wasn't old enough to see them live I found Wingspan great retrospective on this chapter in Paul life which is rarely told in a in-depth manner. It is also a treat for fans top finally see unseen footage from Wings' unreleased films 'One Hand Clapping' and 'Backyard' although the session for 'Rockstar Theme' and 'Glad To See You Here' (which were shot with Panavision cameras!!!) are sadly absent.

However the film is not without it's short comings. Although the films main premise is to show us how McCartney and his wife Linda, though out the highs and lows, managed to beat the odds by following his former band The Beatles with another successful act, the film doesn't seem to include many of those odds. The years of critics saying that he's music had gone soft, the supposed attempted murder of Paul & Linda by Jimmy McCullough and his fatal drug over dose just after leaving the band. Or even his falling out of Denny Laine (by the way, WAY THE HELL WASN'T HE IN THE FILM!!! he was only your song writing partner for 9 YEARS!!!).

And on another note I refuse to believe that interviewer Mary McCartney (who researched the project for years with her husband before making the film) didn't know the story about John bringing a double bed into the studio for Yoko to sleep in. Even the most casual Beatles fans knew that one. And younger fans will find it hard not to cringe when Macca reveals his point of view on the 70's punk movement ("God Save da Quuueeerrrn").

That said the film is still a very fascinating one the watch and must for both fans of The Beatles and Paul McCartney alike.

UPDATE: The 'Rockstar' footage is included on the DVD as a bonus.


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