Happy Friday friends!
I am over the moon to announce that Lisa Doherty is back with Reads & Reels! She’ll be writing movie reviews from time to time and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Welcome back Lisa!
Jack Malik is a struggling singer-songwriter in an English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie. After a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, Jack becomes on overnight sensation with a little help from his agent.
I had been bursting to see ‘Yesterday’ ever since I heard about it, to the point that we turned up to see it and it wasn’t being released until the following day; talk about an eager beaver! The staff member said, “You want to see Yesterday, but it’s not out till tomorrow” many belly laughs were had.
I am a massive Beatles fan so I was excited to see how the film would unfold. The trailer had made it look like it would be an awesome film, however, we all know that trailers lie quite frequently.
We start out with the protagonist, Jack Malik, playing original pieces in a bar then discover he has been booked for the Latitude festival. Things don’t go as planned for jack and he decides to stop chasing his dream and focus on teaching. While cycling his bike there is a worldwide blackout which results in him being hit by a bus and taken to hospital. Once recovered and released from hospital his friends have a little get together where they have bought him a new guitar as his had been broken in the accident. He starts to play a song for everyone, and they are overwhelmed by it, they want to know when he wrote it and why had they never heard it before. He explains that it is a song by The Beatles and they have no clue who he is talking about. Jack investigates this and discovers that The Beatles have been erased from history and a light-bulb moment occurs.
Jack works hard to remember all the words to the songs, written by The Beatles, so that he can bring them back to the world. During this process Jack meets Ed Sheeran and is taken on by his agent resulting in him travelling to America. Overnight he becomes a worldwide phenomenon.
Jack ends up on a journey of discovery, not only about The Beatles but, about himself and his friends and those he loves.
‘Yesterday’ is beautifully written (by Richard Curtis) and directed (by Danny Boyle). While watching it I was on an emotional roller coaster, I was considering what it would be like to have a world without The Beatles and it made my heart ache. I felt that what Jack Malik was trying to do for the world was beautiful, it made me proud to be a fan of the band. As the film drew to a close, I burst into tears, I had realized that what ‘Yesterday’ was doing was introducing The Beatles to a whole new generation and I was hopeful that they could see the beauty that The Beatles have brought to the world.
About Lisa Doherty
I have always had a love for books and such. I used to hide under my covers with a torch reading when I was meant to be asleep…naughty Lisa!
I am a Photographer with a degree in Classical Civilization, specializing in Ancient Greece. I have a wonderful husband, a beautiful daughter, 2 dogs, a cat and a tortoise to keep me busy. I love to bake and I believe that one’s love can be felt through their food.
So here I am RAMBLING away and earning my name!