Imagine that the world has blacked out for a snap. When everything comes back, you find yourself in a timeline where John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr hadn’t come together to form the Beatles…
You could try to find this quartet of Liverpudlians and hope that lightning strikes again. Or: You could use this alt-history reboot to write the complete catalog of the Fab Four and claim it as your own, earning fame, fortune and the chance to be named the greatest songwriter of all time.
That’s the premise of Yesterday, a light summer breeze of escapist fun courtesy of high-powered director, Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis.
In this setup, struggling musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) suffers a freak accident while biking home from another failed local gig in Sussex. When the lights go out for 12 seconds, a bus hits Jack, sending him to a hospital with two teeth missing. Also missing: the existence of the Beatles. When Jack asks his loyal manager, Ellie (Lily James), “Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64?” she replies, baffled, “Why 64?”
And we’re off. Jack litters his bedroom wall with Post-its of every Beatles song he can remember. Soon, he starts passing off the greatest songbook in pop-music history as his own.
Superstardom follows. So does guilt.
“As fab as it could reasonably be expected to be” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian.
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Richard Curtis
Starring: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon, Ed Sheeran
21 & 22 August 2019
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