Yesterday Movie Review 2019: Relevant Even Today

Yesterday Movie Review 2019: Relevant Even Today

Movie Name
Danny Boyle
Comedy, Fantasy, Music
01 hours 56 minutes

Yesterday Review

A global outage of a few seconds during which failed song writer-cum-singer Jack Mallik has an accident. Turns out, he's the only one who wasn't conscious enough to be affected by it. For the rest of the world, a few chapters of history have been erased from the face of the earth. Including, shockingly, the Beatles. Can you imagine, nobody's heard about the Beatles? A music company wonders why Liverpool would be important and all those lyrics and rhythm that John-George-Ringo-Paul belted out to the delight of fans all over the world, sound new. In fact when Jack's friends hear him singing the Beatles' number ‘Yesterday', they love it so much, they wonder when he wrote it. Jack who can't believe that nobody's heard of the Beatles, quickly Googles the band, but all he gets are pages on beetle insects. The Beatles have been wiped out of the world. And Jack is the beneficiary as he begins to sing their chartbusters and he's suddenly the new genius in the music world. But he can't help squirming when he's getting the credit for songs that he didn't quite write. And that's not quite right.

Director Danny Boyle takes a pretty unbelievable premise and turns it into a lovely warm film where the unforgettable gems that the Liverpool boys gave the world come back as relevant today as they were yesterday. With wit strewn all over. When Jack asks his mom for a Coca-Cola, he's surprised - what, she doesn't know what the word Coke means? It does give Pepsi its moments of blatant in-film product placing but it's amusing.

There's a bit of mirth overthe Beatles' hit ‘Back in the USSR'as Gen 2019has always known it only as Russia.

A moment of fun and sacrilege for Beatles' admirers comes up when‘Hey Jude' is updated to ‘Hey Dude'.

But it's a delight to have an entire Beatles album warmed up with ‘When I saw her standing there', ‘I wanna hold your hand' and ‘Help'.

None of the Beatles make even a wee guest appearance which is a letdown but the pleasant presence of Ed Sheeran does add to the viewing pleasure.

Alongside the dizzying success, something wistful happens too. Ellie, the manager who believed in Jack and stood by him even when he was a failure, is left behind in the rush to Los Angeles with studio meetings and recordings where new agent Deborah rules. Jack's parents who pretend to politely like his music blossom into beaming fans at his concerts.

With ‘parents' Sanjeev Bhaskar and Meera Syal coming in after their stint in popular shows like The Kumars and Goodness Gracious Me,Jack's Indian family set-up is complete. Jack himself is played by actor-singer Himesh Patel - another Patel discovery by Boyle after Dev Patel. Himesh who's recognised as Tamwar Sood from the BBC soap opera EastEnders isn't quite a handsome dude (I know that's rude) but he's fine as Jack Mallik caught in a bewildering situation. With her perky face, Lily James is lovely as Ellie.

Disclaimer: We are proud that LehrenTV reviewer Bharathi S Pradhan has been appointed an advisory member of the prestigious CBFC. However, her reviews reflect her personal appraisal of a film and do not in any way speak on behalf of the Censor Board.

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The Verdict

Boyle likes happy endings. So rest assured he ties it all up neatly with the right ethics prevailing. For a differently premised, breezy film that has great music and a noble message at the end, Yesterday gets a 3.5* rating.


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