Published February 9, 2020


Film info

  • Title Yesterday
  • Director Danny Boyle
  • Year 2019
  • Run time 1hr 56m
  • Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
  • Tagline Everyone in the world has forgotten The Beatles. Everyone except Jack...

Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter... but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel) discovers he is the only person on earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four's songs as his own, Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James) - the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before the door to his old life closes forever, Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all.

Live blog

Time Comment
2:17 “If you want to go full time, you can.” Really selling it.
4:51 What’s the bad news…. need to knowwwww.
9:55 I don’t want to live in a town with a lighthouse like that, so bright!
16:12 Not Coldplay. Haha, what a weirdo conversation.
19:03 Cos if the Beatles didn’t exist, Oasis wouldn’t exist. Love it.
19:04 I really like the title “Autumn Leaves - Winter Comes” That’s clever.
20:52 Just paused to see how many Beatles songs we could remember and it’s a pitiful number. We would be useless in his situation.
22:22 I’m not living in a world without Coke, thanks.
24:59 Love Meera.
28:51 The recording studio next to the railway line is amazing.
34:20 Oh good, it’s been ages since Ed Sheeran randomly popped up in something.
45:52 “I have a question. Is this the best you can look?”
53:15 Offputting is a harsh word.
1:05:46 “In real terms, minus one hour.”
1:10:56 Sgt Pepper = confusing. Tell me about it.
1:18:23 “I never understood what you didn’t see in her.”
1:25:58 Wrong door. Stolen from Spinal Tap but still fun.
1:30:31 “Bloody Ed Sheeran.”


OKAY. Well. This was an experience. It’s one of the few films that we’ve watched where it was alright and almost enjoyable whilst watching but genuinely the second it ended, we started discussing, questioning, realising how terrible it was and growing to hate it. Quite remarkable.

To be honest, the whole thing wasn’t sitting well with me from the very beginning - when she said, do you want the good news or the bad news, and we NEVER GET TO FIND OUT THE BAD NEWS. It’s bugging me.

It’s definitely one of those films that if you think about too hard, or at all really, then it falls apart. The premise is fascinating but the film doesn’t actually try and make any point or come to any conclusion based on it. It also overlooks the fact that you can’t just remove the Beatles and everything would be the same. They were fundamental to so many things… music and life would be completely different.

Why didn’t he sing any of the Oasis songs? And what song did he sing at the talent show if Oasis didn’t exist any more? He was remembering Wonderwall… but did she just hear something different? It makes no sense. The holes in this film stack up like they did in Curtis' time travel abomination and it’s just a shame.

You know things have gone wrong when Ed Sheeran is the best thing in the film.

Rating: 1 / 5

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