Yesterday: A Review

Quote of the day: “Play ‘Summer Song’!”

Tonight I had the opportunity to attend an early Regal Crown Club screening of Danny Boyle’s newest film, Yesterday.

If you haven’t heard yet, Yesterday follows Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), a musician who, on the night he decides to give up on his dream of making it big, is hit by a bus during a global blackout. When he’s discharged from the hospital, he realizes that virtually no one else knows who The Beatles are. Jack then does what anyone would do in his situation: he exploits the hell out of it for personal gain.

I really loved the main cast. Patel is hella charming as Jack, and Lily James shines as Ellie, Jack’s friend/roadie/biggest fan/beautiful girl who he somehow never sees as a love interest until she tries to move on. Also, every moment featuring Jack’s parents (Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar) is delightfully cringeworthy and something to look forward to.

The good: The soundtrack, obvs. Unless you’re like my SO and have been known to use a blanket “I hate The Beatles,” in which case, I ask you to kindly wait while my eyes finish rolling seemingly indefinitely.

The fine: Ed Sheeran is an actor now, I guess.* And the parody of himself that he plays is basically what I always figured Ed Sheeran would be like IRL, so I was neither impressed nor disappointed.

The meh: Shockingly, Kate McKinnon, who I commonly refer to as a comedic gem. Her particular brand of American comedy in the role of Jack’s bigtime manager Debra just didn’t feel at home in the understatedly hilarious-but-heartfelt Britishisms supplied by the rest of the cast.

Overall, I would casually refer to this film as “a cute movie.” It’s worthy of being seen once when it hits theaters June 28. I’m sure I won’t see it again until it’s on basic cable in about five years, but it’ll be welcomed and pleasant viewing once more.

I definitely couldn’t end this review without cheesily saying that “I believe in Yesterday,” because that’s just who I am now. Feel free to groan in the comment section below.

Whether you like it or not,
Sammy

[*I have heard that Ed was on an episode of Game of Thrones somewhere near the end, but I am the only living human to have not seen that show (yet). I plan to blog about my first-ever GoT viewing soon in a segment I’m calling “I’m Late TV.”]

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