Yesterday: Movie Review
By: Pauline De Asis
Yesterday wasn't a movie about The Beatles, but it brings a “what if” twist in play inside a romantic comedy film. It is more about pursuing your dreams and choosing the important things to make you truly happy.
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a small town who dreams of fame with his childhood friend and manager, Ellie Appleton (Lily James) who happens to be his number-one fan. Their palpable tandem adds more flavor to story and made everything a lot easier to appreciate.
After a global blackout, Jack finds himself in an extraordinary situation in which he is the only one to remember the songs of the legendary band – The Beatles. He became a sensation in a snap, singing those songs he knew he did not originally write.
A few puns and laughable moments here and there made the movie quite good and for a Beatles fan – you will definitely enjoy singing along with Jack. Ed Sheeran (being himself), Rocky (Joel Fry) together with Debra Hammer (Kate McKinnon) as Jack’s agent – all did a remarkable job with their roles adding more a bar of fun and amusement throughout the film.
The story line was well written, except the fact that it will leave the audience wanting for more. We have a love and hate relationship with the fact that what if The Beatles never really existed? Would it make a huge difference? Well, you better buy your tickets and watch the movie for yourself.
Overall, Yesterday is a charming film with rekindling Beatles' vibe throughout. It is a feel-good film and nostalgic at the same time especially for the old-souls that love the timeless songs of their era.
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Distributed by: United International Pictures PH
Opens July 24 in PH cinemas
Sneak previews in selected cinemas (July 15-16)