Yesterday. The Movie.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Oddly, Jun 21, 2019.

  1. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I've just seen the trailer for this and have to say I love the concept.
    A busker wakes up in a world where the Beatles never existed...or something like that anyway.
    Really looking forward to it's release.

  2. tubedude


    Jan 19, 2015
    Now if Yes and Jeff Beck were no longer in this dimension..... I'd still blow the opportunity!
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  3. seilerbird


    Apr 12, 2012
    I am excited about seeing the movie. Sounds fab to me.
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  4. Picton


    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    I’m about done with everything having to do with the Beatles.

    But Danny Boyle directed. So I’ll see it.
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  5. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Yeah it looks interesting. I hope it doesn't suck.
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  6. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    Just saw the trailer?
    They've been beating us over the head with ads for this movie for weeks.
    As a person that wasn't raised to worship the Beatles, a stick in the mud, and TB's resident contrarian, I don't get it. The plot seems like a marketing ploy to squeeze some pennies out of songs from half a century ago, riding a train of nostalgia and the modern love of half @$$ed covers.
    Putting aside the whole butterfly effect of the Beatles not having done what they did, some rando performing Beatles material two generations after they would have been written would flop. The Beatles' music has zero context with today. It worked for its time, but the lyrical content is archaic and out of touch with today. What's more, it was the performances of those four guys that helped sell their material. If you don't have Paul or John's voice you don't have much to go on.
    For my $0.02 it is another example of how little respect movie studios have for audiences, and how out of ideas they are.
    That's a hard pass from me.
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  7. Wfrance3

    Wfrance3 Supporting Member

    May 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    It’ a great concept. If they can translate that into a great movie, we will see. Looking forward to finding out.
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  8. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    I tend to agree with your assessment, especially the part that the songs themselves were part of the zeitgeist of the Beatles at that time. Even Coldplay showing up and playing I am the Walrus a propos of nothing would probably draw strange glances or outright indifference. Even moreso since quite a bit of their catalogue was never performed by them live, on stage.

    I'll probably still watch it when it hits Netflix. The part of that clip where John and George (presumably) show up got my attention.
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  9. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    Northern KY
    Cab fan, hobbyist
    My (12 and 14 yo) kids want to see it. They both saw Bohemian Rhapsody. Hey, who even cares if it sucks and is just a money grab for old beat-to-death songs that barely if ever affected me..... My kids are appreciating music written by and performed by musicians! How much popular music these days that their demographic eats up is played by actual musicians? How much is actually written by the musician performing it? IDC if the movie is drivel. My kids are digging some older pre-MTV era pop. I'll take it.

    Now where is the big-budget historical fiction with comic relief movie about Pink Floyd? (Pretty please Hollywood)
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Some might argue that the Beatles were simply the right group at the right time.

    I argue that their music is still with us in many variations and interpretations. Much of their catalog has become classic, something like a modern day equivalent of Bach to Beethoven.

    I was 14 when the Beatles released I Saw Her Standing There, and it was one of the first 45s I bought. I grew up with them, which is generally a pretty good way to predict the music someone will like. But it still resonates today.

    What people may forget is that the Beatles helped change the world. They were part of a major social revolution that happened in the 60's, and they certainly helped to propel it. We're living with the outcome, and trust me (born in 1950) that the US doesn't act the way today that it did in 1960. Their music and thinking helped create that movement.

    All of which is by the way today, and the movie is simply an exercise in "what if?" I'm fine with that; movies don't all have to be social turning points, it's fine to play with an idea like this and see how it turns out.
  11. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    I’m thinking of making the Talkbass version of this, where i wake up in a world where no one’s done the “best bass for metal” thread.
  12. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I think the songs stand on their own musically. The lyrics could've been different. It could've been four other guys. The songs were just that good.
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  13. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    looks like it might be fun(ny)! fun concept.
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  14. It has potential, if they actually go somewhere with it and tie it up with a nice ending.

    I'm sure there will be lots of fairly obvious puns and jokes, like the one from producer Ed Sheeran: "You should make it 'Hey DUDE'."

    But I have a thought for those who think The Beatles weren't all that special: If this could really happen in 2019 and a new artist or group could re-boot The Beatles music and vibe without another human knowing where it came from, it would be like Beatlemania all over again, just like 1964.
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  15. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    +1 on that.
    I was also born in 1950.
    One cannot fathom the impact the Beatles had unless they were 'there'.
    I seriously doubt any music or musicians will ever affect a culture (socially or otherwise) as the"British Invastion" had.
    In the early 60's your typical AM radio station had about 40 songs in rotation. When a good new one came along, one was bumped off.
    Today, you go on soundcloud/youtube, etc, there are tens of thousands good to great bands/singers/songwriters.
    Just too much competition now. I feel blessed to grow up at that time.
  16. It would not have made a single difference if the Beatles never existed in my universe, save for all the artists I love that cite them as major influences. So while I’m happily Beatle-free in 2019, I only have the Beatles to thank for the pleasure. Go figure.

    I’ll probably rent it two years from now and fall asleep 15 minutes in.

    Edit: spell check is a bee-otch
  17. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    I saw them on the Ed Sullivan show but failed to catch the mania. The music was OK but it didn’t move me to go apepoopie. Like everyone else alive at the time it would be impossible to say i was not exposed to their music but to me it was just what i perceived to be a British equivalent of American pop music. By the time i was old enough to buy my own records i was after Hendrix and anything by Taste. If i get the chance i’ll see this movie, but after 200 Motels, my bar for quality musical fantasy flicks is impossibly high.
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  18. Who or what are these "Beatles" you are talking about? Did they do a movie or something?
  19. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    How do you get hipsters and baby boomers to go to the same movie by tue millions?

    The movie will likely be dumb.... and RIDICULOUSLY PC..... but the marketing and concept should make some horrible movie makers laugh all the way to the bank.
  20. mrjp


    Aug 23, 2018
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