YESTERDAY

PG-13/ 116 Minutes
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Cast: Himesh Patel, Lily James

Showtimes

  • Tuesday, July 16 - Sunday, July 21:  (4:00), 7:00
  • Monday, July 22 - Wednesday, July 24:  7:00

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) 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 (Lily James). Then, 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.

What was it like to hear the Beatles for the first time? ‘Yesterday’ almost gives you that feeling.

2 1/2 stars (out of four)

Ann Hornaday - The Washington Post

The British actor Himesh Patel plays a musician in that precise ethical dilemma in “Yesterday,” wherein a brief worldwide blackout results in no one remembering who the Beatles were. For the first hour of its too-long running time, “Yesterday” keeps the balloon in the air, sending Jack on a giddy trip to stardom with the help of the real-life Sheeran and a hilariously insensitive L.A. manager played by Kate McKinnon, in all her cockeyed deadpan glory. Written by Richard Curtis — best known for the treacly holiday romcom “Love Actually” — “Yesterday” evinces the screenwriter’s love-it-or-loathe-it sentimentality, which here starts out modestly enough until finding full florid expression in an over-sweet third act. Patel, who spends most of the movie scowling and looking anxious, has a simple, pure voice that perfectly captures the mix of naivete and virtuosity that beguiled the Beatles’ fans in the first place. Of course, the entirety of “Yesterday” is improbable, so suspending disbelief is required from the jump, when it’s clear that the self-absorbed Jack is grouchily unaware of Ellie’s obvious unrequited love. That might be the biggest stretch of all in “Yesterday,” which at its least convincing inspires more than a few eye rolls, but at its best invites the audience, along with the characters on screen, to hear some of the finest songs ever written for the very first time.

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