Now and Then ~ The Beatles

For those who have finally stopped weeping from hearing The Beatles reunited on “Now and Then” — a brand new song by the Fab Four that was was released Thursday — well, the waterworks are about to begin again.

The Peter Jackson-directed video, which dropped from the heavens Friday morning, is a flood of feels along a nostalgic, time-traveling trip that, true to the tune’s title, captures The Beatles “Now” and “Then.”

When you first see present-day Paul McCartney and the eternally cool Ringo Starr — rocking a Ringo Starr T-shirt because, well, he can — all of a sudden surrounded by their late bandmates George Harrison and John Lennon in all their youthful glory, you’ll be reaching for a box of tissues.

And trust us — one Kleenex will hardly be enough when you also see Harrison and Lennon sharing a mike in matching raincoats, Harrison in 1995 (when he laid down his guitar parts for “Now and Then”) trading licks with his “Sgt. Pepper”-era self, and Lennon goofing with the string section recorded in secret under the watchful eyes of McCartney and producer Giles Martin (son of “fifth Beatle” George Martin).
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The Beatles come together again in the video for “Now and Then,” a song written by John Lennon in the ’70s.

With “Now and Then” having been written and sung by Lennon in the ’70s, seeing him again throughout the video — 42 years after he was murdered in 1980 — is especially haunting.

As all of the iconic images flash — from their career to their childhoods — there is a sense of joy that sweetens the wistful with the whimsical.
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Paul McCartney is surrounded by both his younger self and late Beatle George Harrison in the “Now and Then” video.The Beatles/YouTube
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Gone is all that breakup-bound tension from 2021’s “The Beatles: Get Back,” the sometimes tedious documentary that was also directed by Jackson, who makes his music-video debut here.


They are a band of brothers again.
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Ringo Starr (left) gets to jam with late bandmate John Lennon once again in The Beatles’ new “Now and Then” video.The Beatles/YouTube

And by time it ends with The Beatles taking a bow in matching leather suits — in what is the earliest known footage of them — that’s the way you’ll want to always remember them.