I’m sorry but when a film is chosen to close a major festival, this almost always indicates more of an agreeable crowd-pleaser than any kind of brazen, cutting-edge thing. Most of us suspected this about Danny Boyle‘s Yesterday earlier, but now we’re more certain.
Himesh Patel plays “Jack Malik”, the only guy in the world who can recall the entire Beatles library of tunes, which leads to great fame and fortune.
Honest excerpt from official Universal-supplied synopsis: “But as his star rises, Jack risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.” Aaaagghh!
The fact that the trailer cutters chose to show clips of Patel singing “Yesterday”, “Let It Be” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand” speaks volumes.
If this film was even half-cool, Patel/Malik would be shown singing “Girl”, “Things We Said Today”, “Norweigan Wood,” “I’m Only Sleeping”, “Cry Baby Cry”, “You Never Give Me Your Money”, “Here, There, Everywhere,” “Lovely Rita”, “Savoy Truffle”, “Got To Get You Into My Life”, “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me and My Monkey”, “You Know My Name — Look Up The Number” and “Tomorrow Never Knows.”
But no — he can only croon the sappy top-40 Beatles tunes that everyone has heard 17 million times and is sick to death of.
Yesterday will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 5.5.19. Universal will release the musical fantasy on 6.28.19.