(2019) 116 mins
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny 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 The Beatles have never existed... and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.
Pure fantasy of joyous proportions. A crowd-pleaser as Jack belts out Beatles hit after hit.
Supported by a wonderful ensemble including the wildly likeable and watchable Lily James (now undoubtedly the real, sparkling deal), this Richard Curtis-penned film is not far away from his usual formula— with a gentle heart and a light touch.
Yesterday ensures that the musical legacy of The Beatles lives on for everyone.
The Guardian: "This big walk-on moment is every bit as sentimental and extravagantly sugary as everything else. For the first millisecond, though, it really will take you aback. As fab as it could reasonably be expected to be." (4 stars)
The Telegraph: "Yesterday may be built on the hits of old, but it finds its own genially infectious groove." (4 stars)
The Independent: "Curtis’ screenplay keeps the jokes coming." (3 stars)