Rating (3 out of 5)
Summary: There are so many humorous moments in this film, but they weren’t enough to save “Yesterday” from the slog of a love story. I laughed so many times, and then all of a sudden we are pommeled with prolonged bouts of couples talking about love.
Plot: After a blackout hits the world, only Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) remembers The Beattles. He becomes famous reproducing their songs, but struggles with the overlooked love of his life, Ellie (Lilly James).
Detail: I chuckled a lot through this film. Kate McKinnon was perfectly cast as the greedy Los Angeles manager. Jack’s friend Rocky (Joel Fry) was excellent and adds lots of humor. The google search joke spread throughout the movie was well placed and timed, and exactly the right number of times.
The movie struggled between a love story and confessing the truth. The love story dragged on the movie and lasted too long. The director didn’t trust the audience to understand they both were in love. Instead, we were treated to multiple scenes confessing love and struggling with the changes. We only needed one struggle, the truth about the songs or love, not both. If we had the love interest already wrapped up, the truth storyline would have played excellently.
Adding to the struggle with the truth, the twist of the people following him was perfect. They remembered The Beattles as well and stalked Jack. How this played with his guilt was great and I wish the stuggle for the truth had been the focus of the movie.