Yesterday (2019)

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.

Release date: Out Now

I went into this film not having a clue about how i would feel about it upon exiting. My feelings were, and still are, mixed about what i watched. Himesh Patel plays Jack Malik who is rather down on his luck and due to a freak accident becomes one of the few people in the world who remembers The Beatles. Himesh is someone who during the movie comes across as surprisingly musically talented. He can sing – which, obviously lends itself well to a film like this. It helps to add a certain amount of reality when as a viewer you are able to believe that the person you are seeing is actually performing.

Lily James ever, does a solid acting job as Ellie Appleton, Jack’s best friend and early manager. The chemistry between the two is good and helps to push on the plot as it delves into Jack’s life as super-stardom looms. Kate McKinnon is fabulously sassy-mean as Jack’s new manager. Ed Sheeran does a fair job acting, but you can tell he is not actor.

As for the story itself, it most definitely plays in two parts. In my opinion the first half is much better. It is well paced, the music is well integrated and the story itself is able to draw in the viewer and capture the attention. At about 45 minutes in it feels as if the story totally changes. We hear less music and the pacing slows severely.

It is still a good watch, but in my opinion it loses its way and rounds on a plot point that either should never have been integrated or worked on more organically. Danny Boyle may be a well respected name but I worry he has lost his way directing. What i would have loved to see was more musical elements integrating different artists that we find out have also never existed in this timeline. This might be because i struggle to believe that The Beatles music in the 21st century wouldn’t garner the rapid respect and mania that it achieved back in the day.

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