**Disclaimer This Review of Yesterday May Contain Light Spoilers As Well as 6 Beatles’ Songs, Can You Find Them All?**
Not to sound like an old man screaming, “Creativity and innovative storytelling is dead in Hollywood!” but in today’s oversaturated market of blockbusters, it’s nice to have a breath of fresh air that makes you sigh with relief, saying, “Here comes the sun” and that movie is Yesterday.
Written by Richard Curtis (About Time, Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and directed by Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) Yesterday is about a day in the life of Jack (Himesh Patel) a failing musician who gets his big break when the whole world suddenly forgets about The Beatles creating an opportunity for him to twist and shout and take the credit for some of the greatest songs ever made.
But Greg, we’ve seen trailers, I wanna know why I should buy a ticket to ride and watch it?
Well, I’m glad you asked:
Basically, this movie is The Beatles love letter I didn’t know I needed. In my life I’ve listened to The Beatles countless times, but when you’ve heard something a million times it can lose its flavour a bit. Yesterday reminds you how groundbreaking the Liverpool quartet really was. By creating a world that’s never heard of the iconic pop group, the audience hears these songs for the first time all over again- it’s surprisingly effective (I’ve listened to nothing but Beatles songs for days now – Help!)
It also poses a great question about living truthfully and what happens if you all of a sudden get everything you always wanted. It’s a message that’s been done before, sure, but in my opinion, always needs telling and the filmmakers clearly worked a hard day’s night to make it feel fresh.
The cast is great, with the chemistry between Lilly James and Himesh Patel being a real high point of the movie, Kate Mckinnon also shines as the wonderfully greedy Hollywood music mogul. All and all, everyone was able to carry their weight in order to pull off a premise that could have easily been too silly for its own good.
It’s not a perfect movie by any stretch, it’s kind of like a fun time travel movie. If you think about it too hard the logic starts to fall apart, it’s better to let it be, suspend your disbelief, and enjoy the ride.
Will you enjoy the movie? Well I guess it depends on what you’re looking for, if you’re wanting a deep deconstruction of Beatlemania and its place in the 21st Century – well, you might not be super keen, but if you go in looking for a fun love letter with great actors and clever writing then Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da Yesterday’s got you in spades.