I’ve recently seen another movie trailer that has me very amped for an upcoming movie. I didn’t mention this movie as something I was looking forward to in 2019, but that’s because I didn’t know about it. I did mention during that very same podcast that I was pretty sure that there would be an independent movie, or a non blockbuster that I would be interested in seeing. I finally found it.
The new Danny Boyle movie “Yesterday” falls into both categories as an independent film and not a sure fire blockbuster. I am a big time Danny Boyle fan. Honestly, I don’t think there’s a movie of his that I haven’t enjoyed in some capacity. My introduction to him was “Trainspotting”, but add that to a great list that includes “Millions”, “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Sunshine”. The dude is a great director, and “Yesterday” looks like it could be one of his best, and maybe, just maybe, my favorite.
The trailer shows a struggling musician who gets into an accident. When he wakes up, he is thrown into a Beatles less world. He starts to sing “Yesterday” on the guitar he’s given as a gift and his friends are shocked that he wrote this great song. He’s very confused, saying that Paul McCartney wrote it. No one knows who that is. This leads to him doing a google search of the band and finding nothing. It is as if The Beatles have never existed. He takes this info and goes on to become the biggest singer songwriter of his generation. But you can see that he is struggling with the fame. He knows he is doing something wrong. He knows these aren’t his songs. In the trailer you can tell that he knows he’s a phony, and it’s neat to see him grappling with all this.
I was immediately in love the first time I saw the trailer for “Yesterday”. I watched it three more times in a row. I showed it to my wife. I texted my dad. I watched it with my mom. I have even subjected my kids to the trailer because they hear The Beatles a lot in my car.
Along with Boylle directing, the cast looks pretty great too. I don’t know who the main guy is, his name is Himesh Patel, and he looks great. This movie could turn him into a big star. The cast also includes Lily James, Ed Sheerhan, Kate McKinnon, Ana de Armas, Joel Frey from “GOT”, Lamorne Morris and James Corden. That’s a pretty great group of people. The story looks awesome. We even see a clip in the trailer of 2 guys that really seem like John Lennon and Paul McCartney. I love the quirks and changes people try to do to the songs. As I said, to see Patel act like he knows what he’s doing is immoral is great. Lily James just continues to make great movie choices.
I literally cannot wait to see this movie. I’m so glad this trailer dropped into my lap. I predict I will be talking about this movie a lot this year. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out. This movie is going to rule. Until then though, at least I have this tremendous trailer to go back to as much as I want. I’m so pumped for “Yesterday”.
Ty is the Pop Culture editor for SeedSing and the other host of the X Millennial Man Podcast. He once woke up and found out no one remembers the songs of Milli Vanilli. He sang a few lines, and no one still wants to remember Milli Vanilla.
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