Whats it about?
Yesterday follows Jack(Himesh Patel), as he pursues his failing dream of being a musician. After another unattended gig, Jack decides that its time to give up, but is hit by a bus on his ride home. When Jack wakes up in his hospital bed he makes a Beatles fuelled joke to Ellie(Lily James) his closest friend and manager, which goes right over her head. Upon investigating more he realizes that he is the only person who remembers John, Paul, George and Ringo and their legendary music. Not quite believing his luck Jack begins to pass off the Beatles hits as his own.
I’d been excited for a good while for this movie, the second I read the synopsis on IMDB I was hooked on the concept, a world without the Beatles? It doesn’t bare thinking about does it? I couldn’t wait to see what Boyle made of such a world. But the more I actually did think about it the more uneasy I felt, because I wanted to love this film, I really did, but how can you possibly do the Beatles justice? It seems like quite a tight rope to walk, so it was with trepidation that I walked through the Cineworld double doors.
I stayed sceptical for all of six minutes? I might even be over stretching with that. I realized quickly that I should have had more confidence and trust in the man that brought us Slum Dog Millionaire, 28 Days Later and The Beach to deliver the goods even when faced with a job that makes the England football managers job look easy!
Himesh’s musically simplistic but enthusiastically performed versions of the Beatles world famous tracks are very enjoyable and raw, which perfectly suits the style of the movie. The underlying love story from start to finish is one of the few things in the movie that aren’t exaggerated and I really enjoyed that they kept it subtle enough not to become cringe worthy which comedies so typically do.
Its a very serious contender for the feel good movie of the year!