The Movie: 9/10
Sweet. Thoughtful. Charming. Heartwarming. Weird. Wonderful. Precious. Unexpected. Let’s see, any more words you want me to use to describe this movie? I’m not sure what else to add. This is a romantic comedy with a twist, as we like movies to have so they aren’t like every other movie in their respective genres. What if the whole world of humans forgot that the Beatles ever existed….except for one dude? What would he do with his memory of their songs and their impact on us all. Once you go in this direction you cannot deny the impact on all of humanity, even if it’s just that most of the 8,000,000,000 people on the planet have this one thing in common. If you started any of their most popular tunes in a way for the whole world to hear, I figure we would all start swaying and humming, and according to the mythos of this movie, we would all be smiling and having a good time.
The cast of Yesterday is just right. There is the off comic flat and tender humor of those wacky Brits, mixed with the occasional searing social commentary.
The thing about Yesterday is that I was immersed from start to finish. From every unexpected moment to the more traditional quiet lovey-dovey bits and pieces. I laughed and cried and THOUGHT about it all the way through. What impact can one (or four) human beings have on the psyche of the entire human population of Earth? You can scoff if you want, even roll your little eyes, but trust me, the more you think about it, and once you see Yesterday, you might wonder too.
- Alternate Ending (3 Minutes) – A different ending that could set up a sequel.
- Deleted Scenes (24 Minutes) – A lot of different deleted scenes, some are good enough that they should have been left in the movie.
- Live At Abbey Road Studios (10 Minutes) – Himesh Patel performs Yesterday, I Wanna Hold Your Hand and Let It Be.
- Alternate Opening (5 Minutes) – A different start to the film.
- Gag Reel (2 Minutes) – Silly moments from the set.
- A Talented Duo (4 Minutes) – A look at the pairing of Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis.
- Playing For Real (6 Minutes) – A look at the casting of the film and some of the surprises the casting brought.
- Soul Mates (5 Minutes) – Jack & Ellie’s relationship is examined.
- Ed Sheeran: From Stadium To Screen (3 Minutes) – A very short look at Ed’s contribution to the movie.
- Agent Of Comedy: Kate McKinnon (3 Minutes) – One of the best characters in the movie is examined.
- A Conversation With Richard And Ed (4 Minutes) – Sheeran and Curtis sit down for a cozy chat.
- Audio Commentary With Director Danny Boyle & Writer Richard Curtis
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 9/10
Universal have a great looking transfer here in 4K and 1080P across two discs. Shot digitally in 4K the picture is rich and sharp as a 2019 film should be. Shadow detail and HDR really bring the picture to life on the 4K disc which has a slight leg up on the 1080P Blu-ray.
Audio is brought to life using a Dolby Atmos track that is well rounded and clean. A lot of the films charm comes from the music of The Beatles so being as crisp and clear as possible really makes this enjoyable. Dialog is clean and centralized and surround sound is intense during musical performances.
Overall Score 9/10