• Todd Puhl

Yesterday


What if you woke up one morning and realized only you knew the Beatles existed? Would you tell someone? Gain fame from it? Loose your mind? Yesterday explores an in depth love story that is very typical in the sense that the main male protagonist doesn't realize the perfect girl has been in front of him the entire time until it was too late.


What if you were always down on your luck and you could use this knowledge to your benefit to get famous? This film explores what kind of power that knowledge could give someone.

As of this writing the Tomatometer had it at 63%, and IMDB was at 7/10.


The Cast:


This film is headlined by Indy actors that you most likely never heard of. And that is perfectly fine. This is a film that could be used to catapult one’s career, or completely sink it. I feel that this film has completely opened more doors for Himesh Patel as an actor if not a singer than anything. He brought the perfect blend of dramatic sequences, comedic relief and singing talent that keep the film completely enjoyable. Also, having Ed Sheeran in the film is not a bad thing at all and was humorous when he lost the “Lyric” battle.


There was obviously actors but nothing that really stood out to keep it memorable as the story was mainly based around Jack Malik, Himesh’s role.


The Recap:


Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.

The good:

· The music(short of of one song) was bang on and extremely enjoyable. I found myself singing along or tapping my feet to the music.

· The comedic relief with his parents and idiotic friend kept the story along

· It has your typical “fell in love the right girl too loo little too late” style script. As much as we have seen it before, it fit the story. Execution was different.


The bad:

· The love story portion was very poorly written. There is no way this guy could have been so oblivious that she wanted him since the first day they met as kids. It was blatantly obvious and the only reason why he didn’t do anything was because he wasn’t interested. Not because he didn’t notice.

· If I ever here the song “Help!” as a punk cover again, I will punch a bear. Totally ruined that song for me.

Things that stood out:


They kept true to a Beatles style film. Followed ideas from previously films that were influenced by the Beatles, IE Across The Universe. I am not against that, but Across the Universe is still the better film in comparison.


Why we should watch or not watch it:


Any hardcore Beatles fan will see it, but the film was extraordinarily good for the budget and the story it delivers. Fans of all ages can enjoy this film, but will all feel the “love story” portion fell short.


Rating: 3.5/5Stars

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