It Looks Like Thanos Got the Beatles Too
We’ve all fantasized about going back in time and taking credit for history’s most celebrated ideas. If that puts us on a potential supervillain watch-list, so be it, because one of film’s most innovative directors had the same notion. Danny Boyle’s upcoming movie, Yesterday, envisions a world where The Beatles never existed. Except that one confused (and musically gifted) man remembers The Fab Four and all their music. He puts that knowledge to great use, plays Beatles’ covers, and becomes the world’s biggest celebrity. Check it out below.
It stung when Boyle walked away from directing the 25th James Bond film last year. But if his decision means more time spent shooting original movies like Yesterday, then I’m all for it. This is the man who breathed new life into the zombie genre (28 Days Later…) and turned a film about a man pinned beneath a rock into an Oscar contender (127 Hours). Boyle is a filmmaker who can do it all, and I’m excited to see him ply his trade in this unique looking fantasy/comedy/musical mashup.
If Bohemian Rhapsody’s success has taught us anything, it’s that moviegoers will look past a film’s flaws when it features fantastic music. And with all due respect to Freddie Mercury, Queen ain’t The Beatles. If Boyle manages to churn out a competent movie with some great musical numbers, that should be enough to send moviegoers home happy. But Boyle isn’t the type who settles for competent. And that’s why Yesterday’s June 28 release date is going into my calendar right now.
Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) 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, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). 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.
Yesterday is set to debut in theatres on June 28, 2019.