The Yesterday film, yes or no?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by MGSeveral, May 5, 2019.

  1. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    No, the two people he met may have also been unconscious at the same instant Jack was. The movie didn't get into it because this is fantasy, not science fiction. Presumably they went through the same thing he did, where they woke up and all of their Beatles records were gone and nobody had ever heard of them, only Jack had the ability to sing and play guitar so he could bring this music to the world in which he found himself.
  2. Pizza

    Pizza With extra pepperoni

    Again, fantasy (genre should not be an excuse for weak plotting) or not, this was a poorly set up premise. I love the premise by the way, but not the execution. Clearly we’re not going to sway each other’s position so I’ll leave it here.
  3. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    Suppose the question is, would the film be more enjoyable it explicitly said how the Beatles disappeared from that world, or never happened?

    Andy Summers wrote a book about his career with the Police, and he titled it One Train Later - which is how he wound up meeting Sting. It's been years since I read it but, if he had or hadn't taken one train later they never would have met. There's a million ways John and Paul would never have met, and potentially a million universes in which there's no Beatles.

    One of my favorite films is Groundhog Day, and the original script had Bill Murray's character being cursed by girl he'd dumped. The director cut that out of the script and made it a better film as far as I'm concerned. As I said before Yesterday was about giving us the opportunity to see people discovering these songs for the first time, and that to me is the most magical part.
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  4. sixtiesstereo

    sixtiesstereo Forum Resident

    Actually, those two other people were one my favorite parts of the film. The way they gradually popped
    up in various scenes, and the expressions on their faces, showed that they realized there was ONE other
    person who remembered. Especially, when he went to Strawberry Fields and Eleanor Rigby's grave,
    how she was watching him was fascinating. And, until their final scene with him, (with the Yellow Submarine)
    you didn't know if they were going to expose him. Great scene. Plus you see them dancing together
    on the rooftop while he's doing "Ob La Di.. " with the kids.
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  5. cwitt1980

    cwitt1980 Forum Resident

    Carbondale, IL USA
    While the film is a bit hard to believe and there's obvious flaws within what could have existed and not existed without the fabs, it made me realize that those songs are extremely important to our modern culture. It made me appreciate the ones that I had been a little tired of (The Long & Winding Road, Let It Be, Hey Jude, etc.). What would a world be like without those songs? It's almost like some higher power gave us the fabs so those who can relate can have that music in common. Overall, I liked it even if it is a bit cheesy at times. It's just entertainment.
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  6. Vinny123

    Vinny123 Forum Resident

    Watched it last night. I found it charming.
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  7. vince

    vince Stan Ricker's son-in-law

    As far as the acting:
    The only thing that really got me was, when the girl asked if he had written those songs for her, and his silence answered her question. She looked genuinely sad and hurt.
  8. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member

    Pacific Northwest
    Finally watched this last night. Went in with a little trepidation but ended up liking it quite a bit. Kept wondering what else didn't exist anymore.
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  9. cdcollector87

    cdcollector87 Active Member

    I really liked it.
  10. Gramps

    Gramps Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
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  11. Normally not a rom-com fan at all, but finally got around to watching it last night (probably will be getting to a lot of movies now I'd been waiting on given the current state of the world), and I found it charming, enjoyable and quite poignant in places - particularly the Lennon meeting. Music was handled really well (the desperation with which "Help" was performed was really appropo), the two leads were great, and it even made me end up liking Ed Sheeran a bit. Not only that, but I think overall it deepened my appreciation for the cultural impact of the Beatles' music and how it has really changed people's lives - and will continue to...
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  12. Jerrika

    Jerrika Mysterious Ways

    I haven't seen it but I would probably watch it on cable tv during a lockdown if I had nothing better to do. There is a time for every purpose under the heavens.
  13. finslaw

    finslaw muzak to my ears

    I'm fine with the dude in the film being clueless in the movie. I am not fine with the lead actress patiently waiting for the lead dude to come to his senses for years when anyone who looks like she has has had numerous hot dudes hitting on her on a daily basis. You may have not gotten laid by the hot porn star, but you can bet she was laying someone else at the time. And that is my point. That actress can't pull off the girl next door thing, and that is a compliment.

    And I have seen too many rom coms. Not sure how my simple statement got quoted twice. No one else cringed that he was purposely having an intimate moment with his love into a microphone where the whole world was listening? Gag. One of the most awkward "climactic airport moments" I have ever seen in a rom com.

    Other parts of the films were okay, liked the Lennon moment.
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  14. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    Watched this for the first time.
    Glad I didn't run out to the cinema to watch it.
    It wasn't awful, but it wasn't worth the hype.
    Enjoyed it enough, but I wont be buying no DVD/Blu Ray for the collection.
    It's great promotional work for The Beatles of course, but the movie didn't have a lot of 'guts' or 'substance' to it.
    The 'songs' are the obvious highlight of the film.
    It has a very obvious 'approval' tick from Sir Paul, right to the final credits where they play his/The Beatles original 'Hey Jude'.
    I'm probably over analyzing....
    Worth a watch, but wont be watching again in a hurry.
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  15. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    Wow, this is a very sobering article about the original writer of the Yesterday screenplay and how he got totally screwed over by the director and producer and prevented from getting full credit for the idea:

    How One ’Yesterday’ Screenwriter’s Dream Became A Nightmare

    That's a cautionary tale of how some people in Hollywoo (or the UK in this case) are credit hogs who want all the attention for themselves. Note that the movie cost $26M but wound up making $153.7 million worldwide, but has still "not yet broken even," so the original writer has not received a penny in residuals. There's a lotta sad stories like this in the film business, particularly for relatively inexperienced writers without heavy-duty agents, and they wind up getting terribly taken advantage of.

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