Yesterday (Released: June 28, 2019)

Yesterday- Rate 2/10

“Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an 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. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.” Yesterday synopsis from Google.

ALRIGHT. So the movie Yesterday’s premise seemed AMAZING! The trailer for this film was incredibly brilliant and hilarious. It definitely had me roped in to go and see how they would execute this idea.

When I went to see Yesterday with my sister and dad, we were excited to see what would happen to this guy, Jack, who was the only one in the world who knew who the Beatles were. Like how did that happen? Does anyone else know? What else do people remember or not remember? My sister and I had some speculations that someone would probably confront him or expose him and we were ready to find out.

The beginning of the film was good. It began a nice solid character development and opened up the main storyline. Once that audience was taken down the rabbit hole with Jack, who holding all the power of memory, it began to go by quickly. (in a good way!) Soon though, the focus began to shift. The story began to drag around mid way through the movie and it became very annoying, repetitive and predictable. The movie did not meet my expectations from what the trailer presented and it became apparent that it was now a love story. Even though I thought the Beatles were going to be a more dominant drive in the film, it was really pushed to the back burner. The music wasn’t even presented that great either.

I was disappointed to see an amazing concept of a film be built up to only be flushed down the toilet for a love connection. But unfortunately it happened. It was an okay story in the end but again it had SO MUCH POTENTIAL.

Besides the main plot of the film, the cinematography was horrendous!!! At one point my sister whispers to me, “Pretty sure I can film better on my iPhone than what they are doing. LOOK AT THOSE TRANSITIONS! We could do better on iMovie!” During one scene it looked like the camera guy sneezed and the camera tilted. It was awkward and not pleasing to the eye. I don’t know if they were trying to experiment and be different from main stream films but angling the camera and making me turn my head sideways to look at the movie for a weird amount of time is not okay. The settings, outfits, lighting and aesthetically pleasing coloration was NOT present. It felt like the film was rushed and slapped together.

I rate Yesterday 2 out of 10. It was disappointing and honestly a waste of money to go out and see. I do want to say though there was only ONE part of the film that I found interesting. I will only say one word, John. Other than that scene, I really wanted to get up leave.

p.s.

I just found out/realized who wrote this movie. Richard Curtis who has written Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Notting Hill, and Love Actually. If I had known that, it would have hit me that of course this film would be a “romantic comedy.” I didn’t realize I should have looked up the writer but now it all makes sense.

Keep it real,

Robyn

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