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Yesterday (2019)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Music | 28 June 2019 (USA)
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A struggling musician realizes he's the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writers:

Richard Curtis (screenplay by), Jack Barth (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himesh Patel ... Jack Malik
Lily James ... Ellie Appleton
Sophia Di Martino ... Carol
Ellise Chappell ... Lucy
Meera Syal ... Sheila Malik
Harry Michell ... Nick
Vincent Franklin ... Brian
Joel Fry ... Rocky
Michael Kiwanuka ... Michael Kiwanuka
Karma Sood Karma Sood ... Young Jack
Gus Brown Gus Brown ... Marcus The Dentist
Sanjeev Bhaskar ... Jed Malik
Karl Theobald ... Terry
Alexander Arnold ... Gavin
Dominic Coleman ... Ipswich TV Host

What Are the Cast and Creators of 'Yesterday' Watching?

Yesterday director Danny Boyle, screenwriter Richard Curtis, and stars Lily James and Himesh Patel reveal their TV and movie obsessions. And yes, a classic Beatles movie is on the list.

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In Lowestoft UK, Jack Malik is a frustrated musician whose musical career is going nowhere despite the faith that his friend/manager Ellie Appleton has in him. However, on the night Jack decides to give up, the whole world is momentarily hit with a massive blackout during which Jack is hit by a bus. Upon regaining consciousness, Jack learns to his astonishment that he is apparently now the only one who knows the music of the Beatles. Realizing this improbable opportunity, Jack begins playing the music of one of the world's greatest rock bands, claiming it as his own. It pays off quickly and Jack becomes a worldwide musical sensation. However, Jack finds himself drifting away from Ellie, only realizing his love for her when she has become intimidated by his success, which depends on a blatant plagiarization that no one could find out. Now, Jack must make a fundamental moral decision about his music to satisfy his conscience as he decides what he truly needs. Written by Kenneth Chisholm

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Everyone in the World Has Forgotten the Beatles. Everyone Except Jack.... See more »


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Rated PG-13 for suggestive content and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

When Jack flies back from Los Angeles to Liverpool, the camera lingers on the front of the airport building which reads, "Liverpool International Airport." In reality, the sign on that building reads, "Liverpool John Lennon Airport." See more »

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When the blackout occurs, there are shots of various places across the globe simultaneously descending into darkness, yet half of the globe would have been in daylight. See more »

Quotes

[to Jack and Ellie]
Gavin: Well, this is a strange one. Of course I've always known I was number two. But that's not a bad place to be. Some of the best songs never made it to number one. Common People by Pulp, for a start. It's a total classic. And obviously all I want is for Ellie to be happy.
Ellie Appleton: Gavin. Best man I ever met.
Ellie Appleton: [she kisses his cheek] Thank you, Gavin.
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Crazy Credits

A man named George Harrison is in the end credits as video assistant and for additional photography. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Evening Urgant: Diana Vishneva/Balthazar (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

She Loves You
(John Lennon & Paul McCartney)
Performed by Himesh Patel (uncredited)
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Beatles tribute gets lost in love story and is saved by Beatles music
4 June 2019 | by spm08588See all my reviews

Vi and I made it out last night to a preview of Danny Boyle's most recent which contemplates what the world might be like without The Beatles. Or rather, if nobody remembered The Beatles, except the former teacher, protagonist who also happens to be a struggling singer songwriter who is nearing the 10,000 hour mark of his up to now futile music career.

Was it 'merely' the underlying brilliance of Lennon and McCartney that propelled The Beatles to stardom in the 60's? Is it simply catchy tunes and meaningful lyrics that led to the perennial relevance of The Beatles catalog? Is this an ongoing cultural phenomenon demonstrated by the passing of love of Beatles music from parent to child, fan to the uninitiated, that continues, fervently, even today? These might be a few of the questions that ran through my head as the plot unfolded manifest in another question: could one guy with a guitar replicate The Fab Four's success?

As a bit of a Beatles fan, the subtext to the film, contrasts the roles that a select few beyond the fab four played in The Beatles success with the movie's equivalents. As a snarky jab at the music industry, Brian Epstein's meticulous eye for detail is hearkened and contrasted with Kate McKinnon, whose performance is at once spot on and over the top. Her character is undoubtedly the tip of the iceberg for those archetype 'gonna conquer the world' southern California denizens, yet rings hollow in a few spots. The distinction is poignant for a Danny Boyle movie, normally the complete opposite of tone deaf, and while I chose to include it here, the scene(s) I reference may be cut from the final release version. (For edification purposes: the music studio in L.A.)

Speaking of the studio, The Beatles, simply would not be without the mastery of studio producer George Martin. The orchestral arrangements, the sound story mentality, the embracing of The Beatles' desire to embrace the latest technologies are a few of the ways in which Martin guided the manifestation of magic conveyed on vinyl. The film, in this regard, is light on the complexity and development of the sound over time and focuses instead, even acknowledges, that Jack's is a lesser reflection of the brilliance of The Beatles, with a few laugheties about lyric selection.

Which is not to say that the interpretations of the songs chosen are not without merit. The sincere portrayal of 'Yesterday' provides a solid framing for the rest of the movie. 'In my Life' plays a vital role in driving the movie forward, and appropriately so. And the at once nuanced, yet in your face pleading of 'Help' is a true reading of the song's rarely spoken meaning appropriate to the character and plot. Patel's rendering, spoken and sung, is true.

What is a bit muddled is the inability for interpersonal communication in a world without a common language of love, alongside earworm hooks, impeccably delivered by John, Paul, George, and Ringo. Instead it takes a plot twist I didn't anticipate, to initiate the third half of the movie resolution.

Ultimately, the movie succeeds at contemplating how a struggling musician / teacher might navigate the complicated waters of being the one person in the world who remembers and can perform The Beatles...A Long and Winding Road indeed!


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Release Date:

28 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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Cantley, Norfolk, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,010,050, 30 June 2019

Gross USA:

$73,286,650

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$153,178,301
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 (Dolby Surround 5.1) (downmixed)| Dolby Atmos

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2.39 : 1
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