Yesterday (Movie Review)

TLDR: See "Yesterday" if you are a Beatles fan and/or like British humor.

What if "the Beatles" did not exist? That's basically the premise of "Yesterday," a fun film featuring the very talented Himesh Patel, (and also a lot of Ed Sheeran). I saw a sneak peek a few weeks ago thanks to my Yelp Elite friend May A.

The premise of the movie, the whole world not knowing about the Beatles, basically applies to today's generation (i.e. my current 24 yr-old apartmentmate commented: "the Beatles are too old for me.") The highlights of the movie are the Beatles covers by Himesh Patel and Kate McKinnon being ridiculous as a music executive. Otherwise, the love arc is super cheesy but does have some "cute" moments, and the movie overall isn't super memorable. I do appreciate its creative take on a parallel universe, and the showcasing of a SouthEast Asian/Indian being a star and legit having a great voice.

The song "Yesterday" also has a special place in my heart, as one of the first songs I ever karaoked to with my cousins and aunts and uncles on those huge laser disc systems. Seeing the world rediscover the Beatles is sure to make fans smile, and making them more relevant is perhaps the most promising goal of this movie.


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