I texted my sister, “We went to that movie yesterday in the New Town amphitheater.” She asked, “What movie did you see?”, and I wanted to say, “Who’s on first?” Ha ha.
Seriously, have you seen the movie “Yesterday”? If not, don’t worry. I will give a spoiler alert. I will let you know when to stop reading. Not yet though.
On some summer Friday evenings, our community, New Town at St. Charles, offers movies in the amphitheater. Last Friday, the movie was “Yesterday”, and I was excited about that as I have been wanting to see this movie. I love the Beatles, and I love being outside (provided I have bug spray on)! Though the day was hot, the evening turned out to be a lovely night with a gentle breeze.
The premise of this movie is that nobody remembers The Beatles nor their music. It never happened; however, the main character remembers it all. Now, like some movies, you can’t think logically too much about the plot. However, if you can suspend that kind of thinking, you’re good to go, and you’ll likely enjoy this flick as I did.
If you haven’t seen the movie and plan to see it, stop reading now. Otherwise, you may continue. I won’t be giving a full review, just some discussion.
Before I saw the movie, I was told it was a very good movie, I would like it, and there was a twist at the end. My guess was the twist at the end was that it was all just a dream with the main character waking up at the end. I was wrong; that wasn’t the twist. I guess I came up with that theory because it would provide the logic the plot needed for us realists. (i.e. The idea that only one person remembered the Beatles didn’t really happen; it was just a dream.) And, yes, I know there are at least three people in the movie who remembered the Fab Four.
The other “issue” in the movie I had trouble dealing with was that John Lennon was alive – i.e. the twist. How could that be? But then, after some time, I realized, if the Beatles didn’t happen, John wouldn’t have been famous, and he wouldn’t have been shot! He would have taken a different path in life, but whatever path he had taken, he had a beautiful home in a lovely spot. More importantly, he was happy. He loved, and he was honest.
I also thought about the other two people in the movie who also remembered the Beatles. Why did you think when they wanted to talk with him? Did you think they were going to threaten him? I kinda did. Rather, they thanked him. They were happy the world would not miss out on all the Beatles’ music because of him. I hadn’t thought of this perspective. Did you? Ultimately, they did not judge him, rather they listened and offered something that could help him with his internal conflict (i.e. John’s address). Their response to him indirectly led the main character to make things right. Is there a lesson here, – or I am just a Beatles fan looking through rose colored glasses?
All in all, I very much enjoyed the movie, listening to Beatles music before and during the movie. The night was beautiful. We even had ice cream from one of the little kiosks on the edge of the amphitheater. Regarding the “plot issues”, I am happy to just “Let it Be.”
Hey Dude, what did you think of the movie?