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‘Yesterday,’ you were full of promise

July 17, 2019

When the trailer for “Yesterday” was released early this year, people were both excited and curious about the premise.

Imagine a world where the Beatles and their music never existed.

Imagine that story written by Richard Curtis, best known for my holiday ritual film, “Love, Actually.” He also wrote “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “Four Weddings and Funeral,” and “Notting Hill” and this beautiful Doctor Who episode, “Vincent and the Doctor.”

Imagine that being directed by Danny Boyle who did “Trainspotting” (and its sequel), “Slumdog Millionaire” and “28 Days Later.”

There’s so much going for the film. My friends CJ and Shey were singing in the theaters. Many welcomed yet another love letter to the legendary Beatles, their music lives on and continues to make the world smile.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) does gigs in tiny venues and festival tents but he’s just about ready to throw in the towel on his music career. He isn’t building a following apart from his small group of friends and his songs aren’t quite taking off.

One night, Jack gets into a bike accident on the road at the start of a mysterious world-wide power outage. During his recovery, he realizes the world looks the same, people act the same but there are a few things missing, including the music of the Beatles. There are some genuinely funny moments where Jack tries to take stock of what was lost during the big blackout.

Jack Malik (played by Himesh Patel) is a struggling musician who realizes he’s the only person on earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Jack reconstructs the songs of the Beatles as he tries to remember the melodies and lyrics, he records these songs, gets them out on the internet and eventually meets Ed Sheeran (who plays himself).

Yet even with this clever premise and the appearance of Kate McKinnon as an aggressive label manager, there’s a loss of momentum in the second half. This might leave some movie goers like myself restless (either that or the cinema I was in was way too cold and even my jacket couldn’t keep me comfortable). I felt they had the ball but didn’t know how to run with it and score a solid three-point shot.

“Yesterday” just went with the clichés of all the tales of sudden fame: the objectification of talent, turning creatives into products, the gulf between the old simple life and the new glamo­rous one.

Also in the cast is the delightful Lily James (“Downton Abbey,” “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” “Cinderella”) as Ellie Appleton, Jack’s former manager. And if you think one of the comic relief characters, Rocky, looks so familiar, it’s because the actor Joel Fry was Hizdahr zo Loraq in “Game of Thrones.”

My favorite dose of Beatles music in recent memory is Paul McCartney’s guest appearance on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” around this time last year. They went to Liverpool and visited Penny Lane and Paul’s childhood landmarks. It was twenty-five minutes of bliss and lifted my spirits.

The world is crazy place, thank God we do live in a world where the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo exists and lives on.

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