Yesterday (2019) – A Review

IMDB’s description:

A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

That description accurately sums up the premise of the movie. Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) isn’t just struggling, after a ho-hum reception at a local carnival he decides to call it quits. That evening a global blackout occurs for three seconds. Jack happens to be riding his bike at the time and is struck by a bus. He wakes up in intensive care a few days later. After a lengthy recovery he is discharged from the hospital. His groupie/manager/romantic comedy love interest (one-sided) Ellie Appleton (Lily James) gives him a new guitar. He isn’t really interested in playing it, because he called it quits, but decides that “a great guitar deserves a great song” and proceeds to play “Yesterday” by The Beatles.

The song is deeply emotional for his friends, because they’ve never heard it before. He thinks they are pulling a prank on him. How could they know not who John, Ringo, George, and Paul are? He goes home and discovers all history of The Beatles has been erased. How can he use this for fun and profit?

From here the movie becomes your standard romantic comedy.  The science fiction element of the movie is only casually looked at again, throughout the movie Jack finds a few more things missing that he remembers, usually for laughs. Also some musician named Ed Sheeran is in this movie, my wife assures me he is someone of note in the music business.

Overall I liked the movie, nice lighthearted comedy, and what are apparently a bunch of Beatles songs, although I only recognized about half of them. This movie was probably made by people for whom the Beatles were a major influence, and believe their songs are just as meaningful today to the world as they were in their own time. But for even a so-so Beatles fan like me, the movie was enjoyable.

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The top question was “What is this green alien supposed to be on the American covers of the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”?” asked by Stormblessed and answered by Raj.


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The top viewed question (at 23,647) was “Sci-fi movie with one survivor and an organism(?) recreating his memories” asked by Enieway and answered by SpaceWolf1701.


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The top answer was to the question “What language is Raven using for her attack in the new 52?” asked by martina20003 and answered by Ryan Veeder with a score of 231, 99 higher than the runner up.


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In my experience, the most controversial questions are the ones people seem to feel are the most obvious. In this case Movie about a boy who was born old and grew young asked by THE EPIC GUY and answered by Valorum. It had an over under of 24:15.


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I particularly enjoyed Laurel’s (deeply unexpected) answer to this question about an obscure superhero figurine.

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I thought my answer to this Truman Show question was pretty nice. It also gave me an excuse to go through the entire film frame-by-frame.

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This question/answer set proved amusing. Ryan Veeder performed some very nice statistical analysis and cryptography to come up with an answer, then found his answer proven by simply replacing the Gobbledygook font> with the appropriate letters 🙂

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Another year, another FanX. This year’s major headliner was Tom Holland. They haven’t announced attendance numbers (yet), but traditionally the Fall show draws between 75,000 and 110,000 people. It certainly seemed crowded enough.

Christina Ricci Panel

Famous for her childhood role of Wednesday Adams and such movies as Casper, Sleepy Hollow, and Penelope, Christina Ricci comes across as a really nice person (it could be an act though).

When asked if she would like to play Cat Woman opposite Robert Pattinson as Batman she said “yes!” When asked if she had a Disney live action role she would want to play she said “Tinkerbell.”

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The top answer was actually a tie with a score of 148 on the questions “Who is “He that flies” in Lord of the Rings?” asked by klaus and answered by Andres F. and “Why did other houses not demand this?” asked by HBhatia and answered by user568458.


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Movie about a boy who was born old and grew young” asked by THE EPIC GUY and answered by Valorum. It had an up score of 24, but a down score of 14.


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Reflected-sound-of-underground-spirits A puzzle that brings back old memories, but one I can’t remember if I solved or had the answer handed to me.

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