Review overview: 'The Beatles film Yesterday trusts strong idea'

Thursday Yesterday appears, a romantic comedy in which the whole world has forgotten The Beatles, except for one musician. What do Dutch reviewers think? An overview of the most important reviews.


Thursday Yesterday appears, a romantic comedy in which the whole world has forgotten The Beatles, except for one musician. What do Dutch reviewers think? An overview of the most important reviews.

NRC - 4 stars

"Thanks to the very strong songs of The Beatles that Jack is the only person in the world with, he gets a second chance for success. First it is disappointing. In a nice scene he tries out Let It Be on his parents but they are busy with other things, so they don't hear how good the song is. But Jack soon breaks through, after which he can accompany Ed Sheeran, who plays himself, to Moscow where he triumphs with Back in the USSR . "

"A shrugged American manager (a nice role from Kate McKinnon) makes him a global phenomenon. But Jack nibbles two things: the lie that he writes the songs himself and whether his love for his loyal British manager Ellie ( Lily James), with whom he shared joys and sorrows for years is no more important than fame. "

"Yesterday is partly a sharp satire on the music industry and their smooth marketing methods. But just like the film hits Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually written by romantic Curtis, Yesterday is mainly about love. But in an original and witty way; kind of like a classic song from The Beatles. "

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De Telegraaf - 3.5 star

"The absurdist starting point and the charming cast make you accept the logical plot holes of this romkom. Patel plays Jack as an endearing man in an exceptional situation, where the Beatles songs still sound brilliant in his unadorned cover versions. Yesterday is a film that you cheerfully send out again afterwards hummingly. Although the sharp listener will not have missed the undertone of melancholy in the meantime. "

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De Volkskrant - 3 stars

"The material is (...) in good hands with director Danny Boyle, who cleverly and respectfully sprinkles the biggest Beatles hits through the film and has such a good sense of comic timing that he can even make a game of googling funny "

"Patel and James are so nice together that you can imagine - no matter how colorless he is - that she has indeed loved him for years. Ah, and Ed Sheeran plays herself with just enough self-mockery."

"Very nice all of them. But still. Across the board it could have been sharper. The story is not particularly surprising, the characters and their struggles are actually flat and especially Ellie does things only because it suits the scenario. And what does this want now? say about the music for example? That every fool could have become famous with those songs from The Beatles? "

"With Yesterday , the makers mainly rely on the gimmick and the music - rightly so, but it feels like there had been more to it."

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