Yesterday, the film that imagines a world in which only one man remembers The Beatles, is now in theaters, and it may not be The Beatles tribute certain fans were looking for, I found it to offer up an entertaining rom-com narrative that just so happens to have a soundtrack from the world’s greatest band.
You can check out my full review below in video or scripted formats.
“Hey now fans of The Beatles, Matt Heywood here to review Yesterday, or what I like to call a feel good movie that certain people are trying to take too seriously.
Yesterday’s concept, a world in which a blackout has deleted The Beatles from everyone’s mind but Jack Malik’s, is what sucked me in at first, and I will say that it does offer up a unique narrative that provides laughs, great music, and a few genuine emotionally charged moments. But in the end, I think what I enjoyed most were the film’s characters, in particular Jack Malik, who is played quite well by Himesh Patel, and his nearly lifelong manager, Ellie, played by Lily James.
For all intents and purposes, Yesterday is more of a rom-com than a look at what it’d be like to be the only musician in the world to remember The Beatles immaculate catalogue of hits. While The Beatles and Jack’s rise to fame based on his knowledge of their excellence do dominate the plot, the actual story being told is one about the perils of friendship, love, and just doing the right thing in life.
The music clearly elevates the entire movie, and it’s impossible to not physically react to Jack’s renditions of The Beatles’ greatest hits, but you never really get to hear a full song until the credits roll. So again, Yesterday is much more focused on the journey of its characters, than being a full on homage to the greatest band of all-time, and I found its formula to be quite entertaining.
I was also shocked at how funny the general tone of the film is. I again expected the plot to be a bit more serious in nature and possibly more focused on the sci-fi aspects of the blackout that caused the world to forget The Beatles, but in reality, when you strip away the power of its soundtrack, it still offers up a heart warming tale that is both fun and emotionally satisfying.
Oh, and I have to mention that it even has a pretty decent celeb cameo from Ed Sheehan, who actually pulls off his role as himself quite well, and doesn’t feel like a douche that can’t act. So no Ed hate on this project please.
If you’re looking for a serious and fantastical plot in Yesterday, you’ll be disappointed, but what it does offer is a reminder as to why The Beatles are so influential on the galaxy, as well as why we shouldn’t take those who do the most for us for granted.
It’s an 8 out of 10 type of feel good flick, and well worth seeing in theaters, if anything else, just to hear some Beatles songs on a booming sound system.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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