On its face, Yesterday seems to have the trappings of a movie that could be great. The movie has an intriguing premise about a struggling musician who wakes up from a bicycle accident realizing that no one except for him remembers The Beatles and tries to pass their music off as his own. The movie was helmed by the famed director Danny Boyle who directed acclaimed movies such as Slumdog Millionaire ( which I love) and Trainspotting. Unfortunately, however, while Yesterday does have some fun with its premise, it largely remains unexplored and underdeveloped and instead sacrifices its runtime to a saccharine and cliche romantic storyline you’ve probably already seen many times. Fans of The Beatles will probably enjoy this movie, as the film incorporates many of their songs, but for the others to watch this film, prepare to be underwhelmed and long for the great movie that could have been.
That being said, however, there were aspects of the film that I did very much enjoy. My favorite part of the film was easily the two energetic leads of this film. Newcomer Himmesh Patel holds his own playing the aforementioned struggling musician Jack Malik and apparently did all the singing and playing of instruments himself, which I feel he did to great effect. Lilli James plays Ellie Appleton, Jack’s manager and love interest, and as always, adds a charming delightful and charming touch to the film. I also quite enjoyed much of the humor in the movie, much of which revolves around the film’s absurd premise. There are also some funny moments involving the two celebrity cameos in the film Kate Mckinnon of SNL fame and Ed Sheeran.
Overall, Yesterday is a perfectly acceptable, albeit formulaic rom-com with two charming leads that leaves much to be desired.