Creative storytelling! It’s rare that Hollywood would bring a tale to the screen without ridiculous embellishment of chase scenes, gratuitous sex, and off-topic distracting diversions.
Oh! This isn’t a Hollywood flick? Of course, it’s too good for that. Thank you Danny Boyle (Director). By the way, it isn’t epic. But it is original, quippy, and delightful.
There’s a twist near the end that one couldn’t see coming. There are two in the middle that are perfectly positioned. The acting is good and the casting fantastic.
Hamish Patel (Jack Malik) oozes insecurity. Joel Fry (Rocky No-Last-Name) is his sidekick with the youthful-Tommy-Chong image and man’s-best-friend personification that keeps him lovable throughout. Ed Sheeran (Ed Sheeran, doh!) is solid; he seems to play the character quite well. 🙂
If you haven’t previously enjoyed Sarah Lancashire (bit part as Liz), then book time with the north-England TV series ‘Happy Valley;’ you’ll see a classic accomplished actress you can believe and enjoy. Mark me down as the zillionth member of the Lily James (Ellie) fan club; “it’s such a feeling … I can’t hide, inside, … got that something. I think you’ll understand.”
Enjoy ‘Yesterday’ today, then compare it to contemporary ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to find your preferences in pictures. To reach back into the Beatles music era, either open ‘The Doors’ (1991 film and my rock documentary benchmark) or have fun with ‘Tommy’ (1975 film).
*(star) rating in the title is mine; e.g. 7*=Seven Stars (maximum 10)