What you may need to know.
1. Is there a more reliable British director out there than Danny Boyle? Looking at the past 25 years he has tried his hand at quite a broad range of genres that includes horror, science fiction and children’s alongside black comedy, drama and crime and has slam-dunked it pretty much every time.
2. That includes the recent phenomena of “two-decades-overdue sequel”, in which he confounded expectations by making Trainspotting 2 one of the best films of 2017.
3. Following T2 he was an inspired choice for the untitled Bond 25 (2020), but departed some months later due to dreaded “creative differences” with Bond gatekeepers Eon Productions. It seems he wanted to cast an unknown actor as the villain while producers Barbara Brocoli and Michael G. Wilson were keen on an A-lister.
4. Given his pedigree as a director, you could also say he wanted it to be good and they didn’t, but hey.
5. ANYWAY, never mind all that, because he’s back in feel-food family comedy mode with Yesterday, which has been “penned” by another English stalwart, Richard Curtis. You’ll probably have mixed feelings about Curtis’ back catalogue, but there’s no doubt about it that it’s a sparkling partnership on paper.
6. The plot is right there in the trailer so enjoy that. The real-world-fantasy element isn’t a million miles from Curtis’ last big screen outing, the excellent romantic comedy About Time (2013), with added Beatles songs.
7. Someone in Beatles PLC has a knack for getting the name out there for a new audience every few years, lest anybody forget. Just last week it was announced that Peter Jackson will direct a new documentary based on hundreds of hours of footage of them (and Yoko…) in the studio recording Let It Be.
8. Speaking of Yoko, if you’re wondering what she’s been up to, get a load of this.
10. Why does James Corden have to be in EVERYTHING?
Doug’s Verdict: Here comes the fun
Release: June 28 tbc