“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay…” imagine these and all the iconic lyrics from The Beatles fading away today and becoming part of a non-existent yesterday.
Impossible to imagine but possible for screenwriter Richard Curtis and Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire and Steve Jobs) who put together ‘Yesterday’ a new romantic comedy that wants to relive not only Abbey Road, the most famous Beatles’ photo shoot but also the powerful sensation that The Beatles stirred up.
Interpreting a struggling musicianJack Malik (Himesh Patel) is giving up on his dreams despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend Ellie (Lily James, known for her performance in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again).
In the exact second of an unexpected global blackout, Jack gets into a non-serious road accident and wakes up to discover that nobody, absolutely nobody knows who on earth the legendary Beatles were.
To Beatles fans, it could almost be just as exciting if you let yourself believe in this musical fairy tale and hear ‘Let it be’ for the very first time.
Jack Malik is given this magical and unintended opportunity to bring back The Beatles on record but instead he becomes a world sensation when he tries to impersonate them and pass their songs off as his own.
It’s no surprise it all had to come to an end when the perks of romance with his former manager and best friend Ellie turn the storyline into a melancholic and cheesy ending.
In terms of the narrative, the film is easy to follow and straightforward with a few expected turning points.
‘Yesterday ‘also touches on different aspects of the music industry and could potentially be intended to criticise it.
If you realised your dream had slipped through your fingers and then you had the chance to choose between your current life or that of fame would you capture it or just let it slip?
Rating this: 3.5 out of 5
Distributor: Universal Pictures
In cinemas now