This is the kind of movie that works best if you turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream. Delightful rom-com with a clever premise, the film will put a smile on even the staunchest of non-Beatles fans. Let it be.
A glowing tribute to The Beatles and their music, this is both a toe-tapping pleasure to watch and a smart, occasionally scathing look at how we get things wrong.
Fuelled by the engaging chemistry of its leads and the unflagging wonderment of the music, it zips along.
London Evening Standard
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.
There are lots of laughs and goosebump moments, especially when Jack plays his new song Yesterday to his saucer-eyed mates, and later realises he has to frantically piece together the lyrics for Eleanor Rigby from memory because Google can’t help.
This film will make you want to stand up and sing your heart out. Light, funny and, of course, filled with some of the greatest music ever written – according to some. Danny Boyle injects his trademark style and wit, crafting a musical crowdpleaser. Not rocket science, but does it have to be??
UK 2019, 112 min, rated M (offensive language, sexual & drug references)
Directed by Danny Boyle
Starring Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran, Kate McKinnon & Joel Fry