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|Genre:||Comedy, Romance, Music movie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 116 Min.|
|FSK:||From 0 years|
Imagine waking up one morning and being the only person who can remember the Beatles and their immortal songs. This is exactly what happens to the unsuccessful street musician Jack (Himesh Patel). With his own songs he performs in bars and at the edge of festivals, at his side only his best friend and manager Ellie (Lily James). Just when Jack decides to hang up his guitar and look for a real job, he has a bicycle accident. When he regains consciousness at the hospital, everything seems to be as it always has been. Until Jack gets a new guitar from Ellie and he plays "Yesterday" on it, which she hears for the first time. Jack believes in a joke, but an intensive Google search seems to confirm it: The Beatles never existed and he is the only person who can remember their songs. And so he hands out the songs as his own compositions and becomes a superstar overnight. But will he really be able to live with this big lie?
Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Richard Curtis have come up with a really fascinating basic idea for "Yesterday". Your "What if…" scenario is not only brilliant in its absurdity, but also raises some interesting questions: What would you do if you were the only person who could remember something very special? But much more interesting is the question: What makes a song immortal? The song itself or the artist who interprets it? Would the songs of the Beatles have been so successful by other artists as well? Does good music inevitably need a certain interpreter to reach the people?
Naturally, it is questionable whether an inconspicuous street musician like Jack would cause a similar hysteria with the Beatles' songs today as the Fab Four did at the time. On the other hand, Ed Sheeran, who plays himself in the movie and takes his image seriously, proved that even artists beyond the usual superstar clichés can inspire the masses with good music and become sex symbols. So Jack's career really isn't that absurd.
The screenplay doesn't really succeed in getting everything out of the great idea that would have been possible. Figures like the ice-cold, profitable manager are unnecessarily exaggerated clichés that only stand in the way of the real charm of the story. Although the music is great, the story beautiful and the main actors likeable, at the end you still get the feeling that the movie lacks the last spark to be really great.
At the end of the day, "Yesterday" is one thing above all else: An extremely charming love story, which has packed its romantic story into an original robe, which apart from the usual "finding the two at the end of each other" also contains some really good jokes (only that much can be revealed): The Beatles aren't the only thing that has disappeared from our collective memory…), has wonderful bizarre ideas and lots of great music to offer. It's not uncommon to find yourself bouncing your legs in time or singing along quietly. And even if the full potential is not exploited, Danny Boyle has produced a really nice good mood film that happily releases his audience from the cinema. And for that there is clearly more than satisfied: Absolutely worth seeing!
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