Yesterday, 5.4/10, imagines a world without Coke, Harry Potter, cigarettes, Oasis, and The Beatles. Sounds like a movie premise concocted by a few friends down the pub, right? Well at least that’s how I felt about it beforehand. However director Danny Boyle has taken it upon himself to explore this idea.
A struggling musician is involved in a bus collision after an unexplained global power outage that darkened the world for 12 seconds. When Jack Malik (played by Himesh Patel) wakes up in hospital he appears to be the only person with any memory of iconic British rock band, The Beatles. Faced with a morally questionable opportunity, Jack finally has the chance to succeed in his musical career by plagiarizing and releasing their music as his own. By chasing his dream he may lose his number one fan, manager and lifelong best friend Ellie. (played by Lily James). ￼Yesterday opened as a charmingly comedic little British film that was enjoyable and entertaining. However as Jack’s writing ability began to falter, apparently so did the film’s writer. With a weird and unnecessary visit to a previous Beatles member and no real conclusion, Yesterday ended on a rather dull note.
The romantic element for this film was heart warming and sweet, with the lead actor’s chemistry appearing at least semi-believable. It is also very refreshing to have a toe tapping soundtrack and an actor capable of performing those beloved tracks. I did also think to myself a couple of times, “did the creators of this film not see the wooden acting from Ed Sheeran in Game Of Thrones?”, why on Earth they gave him such an extended role is beyond my comprehension.
On top of failing to properly execute it’s interesting concept, the sound and cinematography were both equally flawed. With jarring, off centre camera angles and poorly mixed sound on some of the ‘live’ performances made Yesterday seem as though it could have spent a few more days in the editing studio. On a whole this film is by no means exceptional and certainly not the best film from Danny Boyle, but it is sincere and refreshing enough to pass an easy Sunday watch.
Entertainment (of its genre): 6/10
Overall rating….. 5.4/10