The concept behind the movie "Yesterday" is quite clever. Imagine a world where no one had ever heard of The Beatles - nor their songs "Let It Be", "Hey Jude", "I Want To Hold Your Hold", "Something" and easily 200 other compositions. At its core, Yesterday is really a romantic comedy wrapped in Beatles nostalgia. SNL's Kate McKinnon, along with Ed Sheeran, provide some funny, over-the-top moments. There are several "easter eggs" (Beatles references) buried in the story that only true Beatles fans will catch. They happen quickly, so stay alert! And, though I felt the conclusion somewhat anti-climactic, there was a surprising twist that I didn't see coming. And it makes you feel good. If only it were true.
However, the real surprise for me occurred early on in the movie - and again near the end. My body literally got shivers - both times - and I think I know why. It was the stark realization that the body of work produced by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, Starr and George Martin is unrivaled to this day - even 50 years later - and that it will likely remain so, perhaps for the rest of my life. These are songs that have touched millions, if not billions, of lives. What a blessing to have been on earth during this time.
Even Ed Sheeran's character remarks to Jack Malik (played by Himesh Patel) that he realized one day someone better than himself would come along - and that clearly Jack was Mozart and he (Sheeran) was only Salieri (the king's inferior court composer).
It is said that before Elvis, there was nothing. Then, there was The Beatles.