Available today on Blu-ray, DVD and on Digital is the musical, romantic comedy, Yesterday.
Yesterday stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran (the singer) and Kate McKinnon.
If you like the Beatles, music or romantic films, then this is the film for you.
Jack (Himesh) is a struggling singer and song writer. The only gigs that he gets are local bars and coffee shops, where the patrons are all his friends. He is managed by his childhood friend, Ellie (James).
Ellie fully believes in Jack, and wants him to keep at his singing, but Jack is about ready to “toss in the towel” and give it all up. His wheels are spinning, but he’s getting no where, so to speak.
On day Jack is involved in an accident. He awakens and seems OK.
Jack goes on to perform the song “Yesterday” for his friends at a gig. They are in total awe and amazement of the song, as if they never heard it before. The reality is that they literally never heard the song before.
For some unknown reason, the Beatles never existed – AT ALL. There was never a John, Paul, George or Ringo. His friends were in awe of his rendition of “Yesterday” because they have never heard the song before.
Jack even goes so far as to Google “Beatles,” only to find the bugs, not the band.
This is Jack’s big chance. He can perform Beatles music, passing it off as his own, in order to succeed in the music industry.
Jack comes to the attention of singer Ed Sheeran (playing himself). He’s impressed by Jack and wants to take him on tour with him, including playing a gig in Moscow.
Jack also meets music agent Debra Hammer (McKinnon), who wants Jack to come to Los Angels to record a record. Jack tries to get the music executives to go along with some of his idea, such as calling an album the “White Album,” which they find wildly offensive for obvious reasons.
In due time, Jack starts to forget some of the lyrics to the Beatles songs he’s been passing off as his own. He’s also had to leave Ellie back home in the U.K., and he misses her terribly. She refuses to join him in L.A.
How long does Jack’s success last for? Can he pass off all of the Beatles music library as his own, or does he eventually get found out, or do the Beatles come back into people’s memories again? And what about Ellie? Does he give up his new found success in Los Angeles to be with Ellie in the U.K., or does he move on to find someone else? To find out the answers to these questions and more, pick up a copy of Yesterday. Look for it where ever movies are sold, or rent/buy it on digital.
If you love Beatles music, you’ll love this film. The soundtrack features many great Beatles tunes including All You Need is Love, Yesterday, Hey Jude, She Loves You, Help!, and A Hard Days Night, to name a few. All of the songs are sung by actor Himesh Patel (Jack), who does an amazing job. I’m surprised he doesn’t make albums. He’s a great singer with a wonderful voice. The songs are true to the original. The film does not embellish them or alter them in any way. In fact, you might just find yourself singing along (I did, but in my head).
Himesh Patel is a great actor as well. He was very convincing in his role of Jack. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future.
I’m a fan of Lily James, ever since I saw her in Cinderella. I also liked her in Baby Driver and Mama Mia! Here We Go Again. She never fails to impress me with her acting.
I was surprised to see Ed Sheeran playing himself. I’ve seen him in other movies before, but only one other time I can think of him portraying himself (Bridget Jones’ Baby). I can’t say much about his acting. I mean, he does OK, but is he really acting if he’s playing himself?
There are a lot of bonus features. Admittedly I didn’t get a chance to watch them yet, but they include a lot of deleted scenes, gag reel, commentary and an alternate opening and ending.
Over all I enjoyed the film. I think between the soundtrack and the story line, this is a winning combination. I also like the idea of “What If…” such as “What if the Beatles and their music never existed?” It got me thinking about the “ripple effect” where small changes can have a bigger impact.
Here is the film’s theatrical trailer. It is no longer in theaters.
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.