The romance is a distraction along with every other theme, The Beatles and the affection for them keeps it alive.
Boyle has a treat for us. A desert, to be precise. And even though there are no Michelin stars embedded or awarded to it, the mood is set charmingly by the eternal music of The Beatles and the director, Danny Boyle’s not behind-the-stage but inside-the-mind peak of an artist. It is a fun, crowd gathering script. From the germ of it, itself. It places antics in order for the music lovers to drool over. In fact, it basically pits two great musicians in a frame and dares to have a music off. On the left you have Ed Shereen, a 21st century heartthrob. And on the right is The Beatles, carrying the weight of its historical contribution to the rock culture that we live and breathe in.
Of course, the film sways towards The Beatles. In fact, now that I think about it, it every time choose that band. Their music. Their legacy. Either a character does so, literally! Or the gist of the film stops its marker on. It is sort of their biography. Just told with a twist of superhero-isc ingredient which would help grab the viewer’s attention. My only complaint is that I always thought that the parallel world or alternate reality or newer dimension would at least be engaging.
That would be the last thing it would lack. That it would be mory busy. More crowded with not actual crowds but thought provoking innuendos and scenarios that recharges your battery every time the obligatory section of the film puts you to sleep. And don’t get me wrong I love a steady film. Calm and confident. In peace. Wearing that posturity as a part of the jewellery. But, the film, the characters, the script has a lot of rush in it. And it isn’t free to go anywhere.
And for two straight hours, as a result, you are left with an unsettling feeling that the protagonist is going through with you. Coming back to the superhero theme, I love the responsibility part of this event, that is pinned down by the makers. It is not a Spider-Man movie. You are on the wrong screen. Yet, it whispers, “With great power comes great responsibility.” This was never art. What Jack Malick, the protagonist, played by Himesh Patel, is embarking his journey upon. He is not the one. He was not chosen. If anything, it is a burden. Something to carry proudly, just Boyle leaves the screen with.
Yesterday is a film about today. Boyle sums it up when for the first time, Patel introduces the infamous and my personal favourite song from The Beatles collection, “Let It Be” It is a mesmerising scene, when he plays a song to his parents as an audience, as an experiment. Something that Boyle’s mind would have been tickling to express, loudly. To not be a part of history, but experiencing something untouched, unfiltered for the first time. And in the end the film is saved because he meant to rub hard on that very note and he did, through various exciting techniques.