While I love a good movie, I have to confess that I don’t always do a good job of staying on top of new releases, or watching movies that friends and family members have recommended to me. Part of the reason for this is because I spend most of my free time reading, but I also tend to re-watch old favorites when I do spend time in front of the television. Over the past few months, however, I’ve been trying to be more purposeful about what I choose to watch. I’ve also made a point of watching some of the movies that I haven’t gotten around to before, and I’ve discovered some fantastic movies as a result.

This week, I finally watched Yesterday. My dad actually recommended Yesterday to me more than a year ago, and his copy of the DVD has been sitting on a shelf in my home ever since. Now, having finally watched it, I’m kicking myself for having waited so long…because it was excellent!

Yesterday tells the story of Jack Malik, a former teacher who is trying (and failing) to “make it” as a musician. Shortly after making the decision to give up on his dream, there is a worldwide power outage, which results in Jack being hit by a bus.

When he wakes up in the hospital the following day, he discovers that he is the only person in the world who remembers The Beatles. He decides to begin singing The Beatles’ songs, passing them off as his own, and soon finds himself with an opportunity to be a bigger star than he could have dreamed. The question is, is the price of fame worth it…especially when that fame is based on a massive lie?

I really enjoyed watching Yesterday! The premise of the movie was fascinating, and really quite creative. I especially enjoyed seeing what a big impact The Beatles had, not only on music, but pop culture as well.

What really makes the movie shine, of course, is the music. Himesh Patel, who plays Jack, is a fantastic musician! The fact that he actually plays and sings in the movie really adds to its authenticity. Even though I am sad that one of my favorite songs did not make it into the movie, many others were included, such as: “Let It Be,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Back In The U.S.S.R.,” “She Loves You,” Help!,” and “Yesterday.”

If you are a fan of The Beatles, enjoy great music, or you’re looking for a feel-good movie to finish out 2020 with, then I highly recommend taking the time to watch Yesterday. If you do have the opportunity to see this movie, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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