(Contains no spoilers)
With two of the four Beatles remaining and the music nearly forgotten by today’s music enthusiasts, Yesterday comes at the perfect time to reconnect with the past - to music that changed world with it was first introduced. Written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) and directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Yesterday, had me feeling thoroughly satisfied about going to see a movie again. A feeling I haven’t had in a long time.
It was a brilliant premise: A freak event took place on a global scale and all of sudden The Beatles and their music never existed except in the life of a struggling musician, Jack Malik, who uses the music to infuse his career.
The combination of the writing and directing was exceptional. With the premise being funny as it is, there was no real need to overplay the comedy and Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle did exactly that. All the humor was perfectly tempered and grounded in tangible scenarios of a real, modern world reaction to something it doesn’t fully understand. The story moves at a delightful pace but also keep one step ahead of the audience (at least, it did for me) as some of the reveals were totally not expected.
Both Himesh Patel and Lily James were incredibly loveable characters who you couldn’t help but route for. However, the highlight performance, as expected, was Kat McKinnon as Jack’s manager. She masterfully danced on the cusp of being over the top (as usually expected by an SNL performer) and keeping the performance grounded in reality and truth. Every aspect of her performance was like watching a true virtuoso at the top of their game.
I was happy to see Yesterday on opening night at the Arclight Hollywood. I was happy to spend money at a theater again. I may, very well, go again. Thank you all who worked on this film and helped in delivering such a high caliber project to the screen. I had an absolute blast.