‘If you make a film about The Beatles and don’t go to Liverpool, you’re going to get killed’ – Danny Boyle on Yesterday

Scousers will find much to enjoy in Danny Boyle’s new Beatles-inspired movie Yesterday – with a number of key scenes both set and filmed in the city.

The romantic comedy – written by Richard Curtis – imagines a world without the Fab Four and hearing those iconic songs for the very first time.

The ECHO was given a sneak preview ahead of the film’s release this week and while on paper the premise sounds downright bizarre, it works.

The end result is a funny and charming love story that also examines the price we pay for success. It’s sweet but not saccharine, and a fitting tribute to the music of The Beatles.

Our hero is struggling Suffolk musician Jack (Himesh Patel), who wakes from a freak accident to find no-one else remembers the songs made famous by John, Paul, George and Ringo.

He decides to sing them himself and becomes a celebrity (with a little help from Ed Sheeran, playing himself) – but can’t quite remember the lyrics to some of the Beatles’ best-loved hits.

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