Universal has released the trailer for Danny Boyle’s new movie YESTERDAY. Written by Richard Curtis (LOVE ACTUALLY), the film follows Jack Malik (Himesh Patel), a struggling singer-songwriter who, after a bus accident during a global blackout, awakens in a world where he’s the only person who remembers the songs of The Beatles. By performing some of the greatest music ever written, Jack is capitulated to fame, but at the risk of losing his Ellie (Lily James), his closest friend.
While the premise is certainly fun, there’s an interesting idea swirling at the center of the movie, which is that would you use the art of someone else if it meant burying your own voice? This being a Richard Curtis script, there’s a heavy emphasis on the romance between Jack and Ellie, but I’m more fascinated by the element of using someone else’s art at the cost of your own personal expression. Jack is basically living a lie even if it’s a lie no one else will ever catch him in. I’m very curious to see how that plays out.
YESTERDAY opens June 28, 2019.