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Yesterday | Movie Review

Yesterday (2019) – In Theaters Today!

Rating:  PG-13

Directed By:  Danny Boyle

Written By:  Jack Barth, Richard Curtis

Starring:  Himesh Patel, Lily James

Runtime:  116 minutes

Synopsis (courtesy imdb.com):  A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.

 

Gen X – Review: by Angelina Assanti

I never look at movie reviews before I see a movie because I don’t want to be influenced by someone who wants to control me or my thoughts. And I don’t write reviews with spoilers because I don’t want to be the one controlling people or their thoughts. After all, I’m not Facebook!

I was shocked to open IMDB tonight and see the horrible ratings for this movie. It averages 6.6 and that’s actually good if you read the reviews posted there from a lot of pseudo-intellectuals who want to convince you that this is a terrible movie.

The main complaint has been it’s been done before. Well, I can tell you as someone who has probably watched more movies than those other reviewers is, no it has not.

Yes, we have all seen the struggling musician (artist/actress/writer, etc.) who didn’t get support from the people whom they needed it from and then something unexpected happens and they get the break they deserve. However, the story here was well-done and there was a part that I was not expecting about ¾ into the movie that left me choked up and gave me a lot to think about.

When the movie ended, I turned to my mother (Tommy is at camp this week) and told her I didn’t want the movie to end. This was a feel-good movie where the underdog prevails. Yay! We need more movies like this. Who needs to be watching tragedies nowadays? We get enough of that on the news.

Even if the soundtrack wasn’t amazing – but it is – it’s The Beatles! The movie would definitely be worth a watch. I was happy to report that the ending wasn’t predictable and I would go back and see it again.

I had to check Rotten Tomatoes after seeing the bad ratings on IMDB and the reviews are sitting at 62%. I believe what is happening is the same thing as what happened when critics rated The Greatest Showman on Rotten Tomatoes at 55%. It earned a 7.6 from the users at IMDB.

If critics could make movies, they wouldn’t need to criticize movies that to their dismay, turn into huge hits with audiences. They have no idea what American movie-goers want. They are so out-of-touch with real people that cannot conceive that the audience just wants to have a good time and forget their problems for two hours. I am one that rarely agrees with the movies that Hollywood gives awards to. Again, this is a case of not knowing their audiences and not caring.

This movie should be a hit. I think it’s the feel-good movie of the year. There are lots of laughs and the director and actors actually make you feel things. The music gave me goosebumps even though someone else other than The Beatles sang them.

Go and try not to sing along. That was the hardest part for me. Giving this 4.5 suns is the easy part!

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