McCartney 3,2,1
Genre
Written byMark Monroe
Directed byZachary Heinzerling
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes6
Production
Executive producers
  • Paul McCartney
  • Rick Rubin
  • Scott Rodger
  • Peter Berg
  • Matthew Goldberg
  • Brandon Carroll
  • Jeff Pollack
  • Frank Marshall
  • Ryan Suffern
Producers
  • Chloe Chapman
  • Paul Crowder
  • Eric Lynn
  • Mark Monroe
CinematographyStuart Winecoff
Editors
Running time27–31 minutes
Production companies
DistributorHulu
Release
Original releaseJuly 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
External links
Website

McCartney 3,2,1 is a 2021 American documentary miniseries starring British musician Paul McCartney and producer Rick Rubin. The six-part series features the pair discussing McCartney's career, from The Beatles and Wings to his time as a solo artist. It was digitally released by Hulu on July 16, 2021.

Premise

The series features a sit-down between Paul McCartney and music producer Rick Rubin, as the pair discuss McCartney's early life, work with The Beatles, Wings, and his 50 years as a solo artist. The series also covers the songwriting, influences, and personal relationships that formed McCartney's songs.[1]

Episodes

No.TitleOriginal release date
1"These Things Bring You Together"July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
Paul McCartney talks about his early years in the music industry, including his boyhood friendships with John Lennon and George Harrison.
2"The Notes that Like Each Other"July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
McCartney discusses his influences, ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Fela Kuti.
3"The People We Loved Were Loving Us"July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
McCartney lists musicians that inspired The Beatles, as well as their formative experiences traveling in India.
4"Like Professors in a Laboratory"July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
McCarthey and Rubin break-down the methods The Beatles used to challenge musical conventions.
5"Couldn't You Play it Straighter?"July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
McCartney discusses the transformations in his bands' colors and sound through the years.
6"The Long and Winding Road"July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16)
Rubin and McCartney go through McCartney's journey as a songwriter and artist, as well as the significance of his partnership with John Lennon.

Release

The series was announced on May 17, 2021, and digitally released via Hulu on July 16, 2021.[2] The trailer was released a week before the series' debut, on July 9.[1]

Reception

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 96% based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Casual listeners' mileage may vary, but audiophiles and Beatles devotees will love seeing Sir Paul McCartney and producer Rick Rubin come together to talk shop."[3] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 84 out of 100 based on 11 critic reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[4]

Steve Green of IndieWire gave the film a grade of "A–" and wrote: "There's an electricity in the music itself, paired with Rubin and McCartney's parallel reactions to discoveries buried deep in these song mixes, that the show almost doesn't need that added visual momentum. But Heinzerling has a deft touch for when and where to augment the proceedings with an extra light show or to turn McCartney himself into a dolly track pivot point."[5] Writing for Variety, Chris Willman said: "McCartney 3, 2, 1 is such an unerring delight that it sets a very high bar for Beatlemania satiation this year. Not because it's that artfully created or brilliantly hosted, but maybe because it doesn't aspire to impress anyone with anything except how effortlessly it prompts the most talented musician of the last century to empty out a good portion of his brainpan for public perusal."[6]

References

  1. ^ a b "'McCartney 3,2,1' First Trailer Arrives In Front Of Songwriter's Series Debut". Deadline Hollywood. July 9, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "'McCartney 3,2,1' Featuring Rick Rubin Coming To Hulu July 16th". PaulMcCartney.com. May 17, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  3. ^ "McCartney 3,2,1: Season 1 (2021)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "McCartney 3,2,1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  5. ^ "'McCartney 3, 2, 1' Review: Paul Leads a Hulu Documentary That's a Musical Commentary Track for the Ages". IndieWire. July 16, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2021.
  6. ^ "Paul McCartney and Rick Rubin Have a Field Day Going Down Beatles Rabbit Holes in 'McCartney 3, 2, 1': TV Review". Variety. July 19, 2021. Retrieved July 20, 2021.