Yesterday (2019)

Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles.

Craft 68%
Artistry 70%
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Reviewed on July 14, 2019 by Jon Kaye


This is a fantastical story about what life might have been like without the Beatles; of, wait, someone remembers them and their music.  A date night movie (it was a slow week for Guys' movies) and the best thing about the movie was the music. The movie was pleasant to watch but nothing was significant in accomplishment.  Some would argue that Kate McKinnon overplayed her role and insiders would argue she underplayed it.  Either way, I love Kate McKinnon.  Nice work by Ed Sheeran. Interestingly, Chris Martin was to play Ed Sheeran's role but scheduling conflicts with Chris prevented him from performing in the role. Also, Danny Boyle said the rights to 20 songs were obtained for use in the film of which 17 are actually in the film.

What I Liked
  • Wonderful music Likeable characters Feel-good movie
What I Didn’t
  • Simplistic story arc Unrealistic premise Leaves you with a lot of earworms