The Dove Take:
An imaginative romcom in disguise, Yesterday champions the timeless power of music, honesty, and of course, love.
A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.
It’s not often that a movie like Yesterday hits the silver screen. The plot is reminiscent of a late night conversation where weird concepts are debated just for the thrill of it: “what if everyone on Earth had forgotten about the Beatles and only one person remembers their songs. Would the songs be as powerful as they were when the Beatles sang them?” According to Yesterday, yes. But the story unfolds in a surprising way.
As a hapless musician who can’t catch a break, Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) finds himself the only one who remembers the Beatles’ songs. Though he feels guilty pawning off the Beatles’ music as his own, he is soon discovered by the world and goes from playing in dive bars to headlining with Ed Sheeran in stadiums full of screaming fans. He chooses to leave behind his normal life and Ellie (Lily James), the girl that loved him from the start, to follow his dream of making it big in the music industry.
But there is more going on than meets the eye. As Jack struggles to remember the songs and do them justice, he discovers for himself some of the meaning behind the songs. The songs are no longer just songs; they become part of Jack’s own story. Jack begins to understand that he is much more than a passive participant in his own life. Once he realizes this, he finds the courage to clear his conscience, and, in perhaps the greatest tribute to the Beatles music, make things right.
Though Yesterday is not Dove-Approved due to strong language, it may still be worth a watch for mature audiences.