Yesterday (12A)

After a near-fatal accident a struggling artist becomes the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles. What happens next will change the course of the world forever.

In this alternative version of reality the famous band never existed. Jack (Himesh Patel) begins singing his versions of The Beatles’ hits and all of a sudden is one step closer to stardom. When Ed Sheeran approaches Jack to go on tour with him he soon realises nothing will ever be the same again.

Soon enough Jack is eclipsing his ginger-haired mentor. The world has gone wild for his songs. But as each day passes he becomes more riddled with guilt for taking credit for musical masterpieces that he has no part in creating.

Worst of all Jack neglects the people who helped him reach great heights like his friend and manager Elllie (Lily James). Fame has turned him into a self-obsessed liar. Will he be found out before his big debut? Only time will tell.

Yesterday brings together Academy Award-Winning director Danny Boyle with the celebrated Screenwriter Richard Curtis and Script editor Emma Freud.

Curtis and Freud are an exceptional pairing, in both work and life. It’s well worth listening to Dolly Alderton’s interview Freud on her podcast Love Stories where they discuss Yesterday, founding Red Nose Day and the reality of working with your partner 24/7.

Yesterday is one of the best movies I’ve seen recently. That being said the ending didn’t quite match up with the rest of the movie. Fellow ROF writer Jordan delved into the script and found that Boyle made a last minuet change, hence the shift in narrative.

Many of the scenes bought me to tears while others had me in fit of giggles. Again I won’t spoil the movie for anyone, but know this, the movie will reunite you with a beloved singer gone before his time and it will take your breath away.

Yesterday is a fitting tribute to The Beatles and their music, you’ll no doubt be humming the songs for days to come. Yes it’s a somewhat predictable rom-com, but strip that away and you have an epic loveletter to The Beatles.

By Ruth Walker

★★★★☆

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