An aspiring musician has an accident and wakes up in a
world where he's the only person who remembers The Beatles.
Directed by Danny Boyle
Written by Richard Curtis
Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, Joel Fry, Ed Sheeran,
Kate McKinnon, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Alexander Arnold
Yesterday was such a brilliant concept and a lovely film. The music of The Beatles revolutionized the world and lives on as timeless shards of happiness. To imagine a world without their contribution to pop culture is to imagine a world that's a lot less enjoyable. Featuring a great performance from newcomer Himesh Patel, Yesterday is a love letter to longtime fans of The Beatles and a great dramedy in its own right. Danny Boyle outdid himself with this representation of The Beatles legacy as something that the world needs to be whole.
Patel plays Jack Malik, a musician who never quite took off and is starting to second-guess his talent. His manager and best friend Ellie (Lily James) is the only one who believes in him, and after a global blackout causes him to get hit by a bus, he wakes up with a life-changing realization. He's the only person on Earth who remembers The Beatles. So, he decides to exploit that and pass their incredible songs off as his own. Along the way, Jack becomes a massive star and starts to lose himself, and his relationship with Ellie is tested. It's incredible to see how Jack ascends so quickly, mostly with the help of Ed Sheeran playing himself in a hilarious turn.
Yesterday is a movie that fully appreciates The Beatles and everything they did for the music industry and for the world. Songs like "Eleanor Rigby," "Help!," "The Long and Winding Road," and of course "Yesterday" all get the star treatment, almost acting like characters themselves. I found this movie very enjoyable and any Beatles fan will too.