Director: Danny Boyle
I have just returned from seeing this in the cinema and was surprised to see that there hasn’t, to my knowledge, been an Afterword review of it. I haven’t reviewed a film on the site before so I thought I’d have a crack with this one. And why not? (Geddit??!!)
The film pivots on the startlingly original premise that an event happens that messes with time! I know! The consequences of this are, inevitably, explored. The film’s hero – one Jack Malik – is a struggling songwriter who is about to (forgive the pun) jack it all in – when his bike crashes into a bus. At the same time, the world has an unexplained power cut for 12 seconds. We know this because we see the world’s best known landmarks plunge into darkness – because it’s nighttime everywhere, right? When he wakes up, he rather quickly begins to realise that no one is quoting or referring to The Beatles like everyone does absolutely all the time. What the…? Moving quickly along, it turns out The Beatles never existed and no one apart from him has heard their songs. Even the band Oasis do not appear on an Internet search. More on this later.
Ed Sheeran looms very large in the story having heard these songs and spots that these are pretty special. One senses a BAFTA award for best supporting actor will not be jostling for shelf space amongst Ed’s Grammys any time soon. You could even say his acting was so wooden that all creosote tins within 100 miles of him twitched with anticipation, thinking that their time has come.
Anyway, back to Oasis. Jack first attracts the interest of his girlfriend 20 years earlier at school, performing Wonderwall. This performance is shown a couple of times in the film as a flashback. My question is, dear reader, how come Wonderwall remains a song remembered by all in this non-Beatle universe, when we had established that Oasis had been expunged? Such is the laziness of writer Richard Curtis, I’m afraid, who has form here.
In summary it’s OK but purists and non-purists may be irked.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
Anything involving Emma Freud.