We were too young to experience Beatlemania, but the music of the Beatles is still a big part of the soundtrack of our lives. Their music was catchy, fun, soulful and touching. But what if they had never existed? This is the question asked in Yesterday, that opens today. So far (I know it’s still June) this could be the movie of the summer. A sweet surprise that isn’t a sequel. Jack (Himesh Patel) and Ellie (Lily James) have been friends since high school. They have a limited amount of chemistry, but their relationship is still sweet. Debra Hammer (Kate McKinnon) is Jack’s soulless, money hungry American (ironic) agent. Ed Sheeran does a great job playing himself. Leo (Justin Edwards, Death of Stalin) and Liz (Sarah Lancashire) have a cute subplot.
Obviously, the music is powerful and fun. This movie is not as authoritative as Bohemian Rhapsody, or as flashy as Rocketman, but very enjoyable. I think it’s great that these films remind us of these amazing musicians and their music. Go see it this weekend, it’s worth the price of a ticket.
Our Rating for Yesterday
Official Synopsis for Yesterday:
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.
Tribeca Sound Bites
|Principle Cast||Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran, Ellise Chappell, Joel Fry, Justin Edwards, Sarah Lancashire|
|Screenwriter||Jack Barth, Richard Curtis|
|Production Companies||Working Title Films, Decibel Films (Danny Boyle)|
|Run Time||116 Minutes|
|Genre||Comedy, Fantasy, Music|
|Premier||2019 Tribeca Film Festival|