FILM REVIEW: YESTERDAY
BY DAN SKIP ALLEN
The Beatles are, one of, if not the greatest rock band of all time. So, a movie where a guy gets hit by a bus and wakes up in a hospital and finds out he’s the only one who remembers the iconic rock band is quite a stretch. Well that’s the premise of Yesterday. The film is named after the iconic song of the same name. Jack Malick portrayed by Himesh Patel is a normal guy who works in a supermarket by day and plays music gigs by night. One night after a gig he is riding his bike home and all the lights in the world go out. This coincides with him getting hit by a bus. He ends up in a hospital having lost two of his front teeth. Then he realizes that he’s the only one who remembers The Beatles catalogue of music.
Ellie has been Jack’s manager/friend since they were in seventh grade. She has been the only one who has believed in Jack’s talent for singing and playing the guitar. Ellie is portrayed by Lily James ,popular for roles in Downton Abbey, Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, Cinderella 2015 and Baby Driver. She has built quite a career for herself since her days as Lady Rose Macclare in Downton Abbey. Himesh Patel is best known for his role in Eastenders the BBC Soap opera. He portrayed Tamwar Masood from 2007 to 2016. The character of Jack he portrays in Yesterday is a break-out role for him. After receiving critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival, Yesterday is primed for a summer release. At first glance, this guy seems like just a normal guy with normal parents and normal friends. Until that fateful night where his whole life will change for the better. His relationship is a little unconventional though.
Danny Boyle has made a name for himself directing the Academy Award winning film Slumdog Millionaire but he normally makes small arthouse films such as Yesterday. Early in his career, films such as Millions, Trainspotting, The Beach and Shallow Grave were his status quo, so directing this little ‘film with a twist’ was probably an easy task. He does best with these little character studies. Of course, they all have a hook. You have to have a hook to get your audience coming back again and again. Yesterday was a fun entertaining little arthouse film with a twist. I loved the twist. If you can just get your mind around that twist you should be good to go. Small roles from music megastar Ed Sheeran, and SNL regular Kate Mckinnon, as a music manager, added to the the entertainment factor of the film. Of course, everybody is in on the joke. Danny Boyle creates a world where we all can get behind Jack and Ellie. Who doesn’t love a good romantic comedy even if it is an odd one. Wrapped up in a world of music and English culture Yesterday entertains and overjoys. I was both when I walked out of this film. I’m so glad we live in a world where this film gets to be in theaters for everyone to see. Definitely go see Yesterday…today.