Movie Review: Yesterday (2019)
Synopsis: A struggling musician is struck by a bus during a mysterious world-wide power outage and wakes up in a world that does not know about the Beatles. He takes advantage of the situation by claiming their songs as his own and quickly becomes a world-wide phenomenon. However, his success comes at a price he wasn't expecting.
Who's in it? The movie stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ellise Chappell, Joel Fry and Sophia Di Martino.
Review: My wife and I saw a trailer for this movie some time ago and were intrigued enough to put it on our Netflix DVD list. We finally got around to watching it yesterday evening and it turned out to be as good as advertised.
There were a couple things, in particular, that really stood out when it came to this movie. For one, I loved the mystery behind what actually happened. People didn't just forget about the Beatles, he woke up in an alternate reality where they never existed (along with Coca Cola and cigarettes). Yet, in addition to him, the movie later reveals there are others who still remember the band as well.
The writers' decision not to explain why this happened kept the movie much less predictable than it could have been. Was he in a coma? Did he die? Did he fall into some wormhole? Not knowing the cause meant the movie could end in an infinite number of ways.
Another thing I liked about this film is, even with a long list of established hits, he still didn't become an overnight success. In fact, had it not been for a bit of luck and help from Ed Sheeran, he wouldn't have even made it out of his home town. Plus, the parts about him struggling to remember the lyrics (getting some of them wrong in the process) and constructive criticism about changing some of the songs ("Hey Dude" instead of "Hey Jude" for example) added a little more realism to the story.
I think an unsung character in this movie had to be his manager, Debra (Kate McKinnon). This movie probably would have been just fine without some sort of antagonist and the whole ruthless music producer thing hast been done to death. But, she did add a little something extra just by being someone that was very easy to dislike.
Final Opinion: It's an entertaining movie with a unique story to tell. It's worth taking the time to watch it if you get a chance.
My Grade: A