Yesterday (2019)

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Released:  Friday, June 28, 2019  
Length:  112 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures
Genre: Comedy
Rating: Yesterday is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of AmericaSome material may be inappropriate for children under 13.


Synopsis

Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.

Featuring new versions of The Beatles’ most beloved hits, Yesterday is produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Love Actually, About A Boy, the Bridget Jones series) alongside Matthew James Wilkinson and Bernie Bellew. Curtis and Boyle also produce. Nick Angel and Lee Brazier serve as executive producers.

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Win Passes For 2 To An Advance Screening of Universal Pictures' ...  6/19/2019 10:31 AM EDT
What if the Beatles never existed… John, Paul, George, and Ringo  - the "fab four"?  Would you want to live in a world without their music?  What if, in one freaky night, no one remembered them or their songs…besides Jack (Himesh Patel, Eastenders)?  The new movie from Universal Pictures, YESTERDAY, explores that very idea and they, in conjunction with FlickDirect, would like to give some lucky wi...  More>>


Yesterday Theatrical Review


Imagine all the people… had no idea who The Beatles – John, Paul, George, and Ringo- were. What if they never existed? Imagine if you were the only person on Earth who remembered them and their incredible catalog of music.   What if you could publish Hey, Jude, Yesterday, Penny Lane, etc. under your own name?  You would certainly become rich, wouldn't you?  However, what would you have to sacrifice to get it? Universal Pictures offers Director Danny Boyle's (Slumdog Millionaire) version of what that might look like in this summer's new film, Yesterday

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel; EastEnders) is a struggling musician who writes his own songs and works part-time at the local big warehouse store.  Ellie Appleton (Lily James; Baby Driver) is his manager and schoolteacher who believes in his music a little too much.  After years of playing to empty bars and venues, Jack has decided to give up on performing and go back to teaching.  As he rides his bike home after his latest gig, suddenly power all over the world goes out at exactly the same time for twelve seconds.  It happens at the exact moment Jack ends up in the path of a bus and he is hit, bruising his face and causing him to lose two teeth.

Once he gets out of the hospital Ellie buys him a new guitar (Because the bus hit him) and he starts to sing Yesterday.  When all his friends look at him astonished he thinks they are playing an elaborate joke on him until he googles The Beatles and nothing comes up in the results.  Suddenly Jack realizes he is the only one who remembers them and their songs.  He starts passing those songs off as his own which garners him attention from Ed Sheeran and a recording contract.  Of course, fame and fortune aren't all it's cracked up to be which Jack quickly finds out.

Patel is a gem and a diamond in the rough.  His musicality and vocals are excellent which makes it a joy listening to him interpret these classic songs.  James once again proves why she is one of Hollywood's hot, young actors as she portrays the bubbly schoolteacher with an underlying seriousness that is thinly veiled just below the surface.  Sheeran adds a nice touch though he should probably stick to music.  Kate McKinnon (Ghostbusters) Is a bright spot in every scene and her comedic timing is spot on as always.  I enjoy watching her in everything she is in and this film is no exception.

 While the concept of Yesterday is unique the movie itself is a little slow and altogether predictable.  The love story has been done time and time again and, of course, the lessons of "be careful what you wish for" and "fame and fortune come with a price"  are classic themes that we have seen in movies before.  Richard Curtis' script (Love Actually) is pretty good if cheesy at times but the idea just doesn't seem to translate onto film all that well.

I can't imagine a world without the brilliant music of The Beatles (or cocoa cola or cigarettes for that matter though the world would probably be better off without the latter) but for a brief second, we get to imagine what that might look like… we also get a bizarre sort of closer when John Lennon thanks the wonders of make up that is almost fitting and peaceful.  I'd be curious to know if Paul McCartney has any thoughts on the film but all in all it's a decent idea with some good acting and an amazing soundtrack!

Grade: B-

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movieguynathan
This movie looks to be amazing!
4/8/2019 10:43 AM EDT
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