YESTERDAY

★★★★★

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - YOUR WEEKEND -

Af­ter a hard day’s night of gig­ging, singer-song­writer Jack Ma­lik (Himesh Pa­tel) cy­cles home to his par­ents (San­jeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal) in Clac­ton-on-Sea.

He col­lides with a bus dur­ing a 12-se­cond black­out when a nasty bout of pop-cul­ture am­ne­sia rip­ples across the uni­verse, eras­ing all mem­ory of John Len­non, Paul McCart­ney, Ge­orge Har­ri­son and Ringo Starr.

Jack re­gains con­scious­ness in hos­pi­tal and dis­cov­ers no-one – ex­cept for him – re­mem­bers The Bea­tles.

With a lit­tle help from his friends El­lie (Lily James), Lucy (El­lise Chap­pell), Nick (Harry Michell) and Rocky (Joel Fry), Jack be­comes a vi­ral sen­sa­tion by pass­ing off The Bea­tles’ back cat­a­logue as his own words of love.

Ed Sheeran (play­ing him­self) be­comes a men­tor – “You’re Mozart, I’m Salieri!” – as Jack courts su­per­star­dom with the back­ing of cut-throat Amer­i­can agent De­bra Ham­mer (Kate McKin­non).

Yesterday is a sweet, heart­felt ro­man­tic com­edy that fails to make me want to twist and shout.

How­ever, Richard Cur­tis’ script is oddly light on laughs and gut­punch emo­tion. At no point did I feel suf­fi­ciently in­vested in Jack to root for him on his mag­i­cal mystery tour to se­cond-hand fame and for­tune.

Sheeran has a blast in a sup­port­ing role, pok­ing fun at him­self, but you can see the on-screen heavy lift­ing from McKin­non and Fry as they graft for gig­gles.

Himesh Pa­tel as Jack Ma­lik, in a scene with Ed Sheeran, play­ing him­self

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