Yesterday (2019) directed by Danny Boyle has become so much more than the somewhat kooky premise of a world existing entirely without the Beatles. It has been called “a total joy of a film that cements Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis as master storytellers of our time.” The film explores themes of fame and the lengths people will go through to reach it. It has also been sent to Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and they loved it.
Danny Boyle says, “We sent everyone the finished film, and we got a lovely message from Ringo and Barbara (Bach), and a lovely message back from Olivia (Harrison), George’s widow. I don’t think Paul’s seen the film yet but he saw and liked the trailer.”
With the Beatles and the mark they have left on not just music but on pop culture and society as a whole, it is obviously a great encouragement for the filmmaker to be praised by the inspiration. Even though no official quotes have been released by the Beatles band members themselves, to have been given personal praise by legends in music history must have been one of the proudest moments in Boyle’s career.
The film was highly anticipated when announced that it was a Danny Boyle movie as he has his handprint on some of the highest praised films such as Trainspotting (1996), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and Steve Jobs (2015). He was also suggested to direct the newest Bond movie but he stepped back from the project.