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PROBABLE SPOILER

Is it true that the character meets an aged John Lennon played by Robert Carlyle?

If so:

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"I'd say we're bigger then cheeses. Especially the ones in toasties."

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PROBABLE SPOILER

Is it true that the character meets an aged John Lennon played by Robert Carlyle?

If so:

Cold Turkey Sandwich
Imagine Loads of Sandwiches
"I'd say we're bigger then cheeses. Especially the ones in toasties."

Yes.  Uncredited cameo.


Also, Oasis (as in the band) has been wiped from history as well (among other things, like Coca Cola), but none of that gets too much of a look-in.

Re: The wankest film idea ever conceived? Danny Boyle's Ed Sheeran Beatles thing
« Reply #424 on: September 13, 2019, 09:01:30 AM »
So this is now "available"... if anyone cares...

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Re: The wankest film idea ever conceived? Danny Boyle's Ed Sheeran Beatles thing
« Reply #425 on: September 15, 2019, 03:54:33 PM »
Nope. When I read that the pay-off was, '...and nobody remembers Harry Potter, either!', I considered getting out the old service revolver and whisky decanter and retiring to the conservatory.

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Finally saw it for free. It's awful. Curtis is obviously too old to write coherently any more, it was like a beginner's attempt to do the Curtis "group of friends" thing. The lead guy sucks, hes just such a mournful confused sad sack all the way, and joy or fun (the horrible horribo recording studio wank) is so contrived and childish it doesn't stick. So we get to hear the Beatles great songs, but played and sung in a shitty amateur way, but we get to hear Ed Shitrens shit in full professional fidelity? Anyway, more importantly, it's just so goddamn slow, the pacing is awful. Who cares about relationship drivel? You know my name, look up the number. Plus the film hangs on the idea that Ed Shiteeran is the greatest songwriter of the age, and he knows it, and he can only be bested by the Fabs finest. That's the least believable part.

Finally saw it for free. It's awful. Curtis is obviously too old to write coherently any more, it was like a beginner's attempt to do the Curtis "group of friends" thing. The lead guy sucks, hes just such a mournful confused sad sack all the way, and joy or fun (the horrible horribo recording studio wank) is so contrived and childish it doesn't stick. So we get to hear the Beatles great songs, but played and sung in a shitty amateur way, but we get to hear Ed Shitrens shit in full professional fidelity? Anyway, more importantly, it's just so goddamn slow, the pacing is awful. Who cares about relationship drivel? You know my name, look up the number. Plus the film hangs on the idea that Ed Shiteeran is the greatest songwriter of the age, and he knows it, and he can only be bested by the Fabs finest. That's the least believable part.

The recording studio tweefest was where I checked out of watching the dodgy cam version I found when it was out in the cinema. Then I fastforwarded to the John Lennon bit and then I laughed and then, weirdly, I got goosebumps when he sang "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" to a class of schoolkids.

I'm looking forward to seeing multiple copies of this DS clogging up charity shops in January. I'm going to buy them all and then burn them in a massive bin and post the resulting plastic mess to Richard Curtis.

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 Coldplay exist but Oasis don’t? Pepsi exists but Coke doesn’t? Absolute wall to wall bollocks.

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Would be an interesting idea if he actually thought it through. The entirety of popular culture would probably be completely different. But to just delete the keystone in the arch and then act as if everything is the same is just feeble.

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Coldplay exist but Oasis don’t? Pepsi exists but Coke doesn’t? Absolute wall to wall bollocks.

They could have at least made it so that Tab Clear was the main drink in America or something hilarious.

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Re: The wankest film idea ever conceived? Danny Boyle's Ed Sheeran Beatles thing
« Reply #431 on: December 20, 2019, 11:17:12 PM »
Well. Arse to that.

I was really, really willing this to be decent. Went out of my way to will it up the road and down. I puffed special sorts of smoke about the laptop afore I put it on. I scattered special sorts of herbs about the desk.  Mon now, saying. Be decent. I didn’t like that everyone was judging it without having seen a frame, decrying the thing on the basis of a this happens this happens this happens Wikipedia synopsis. I don’t think that’s any way to be critiquing a film, whatever its pedigree, however outlandish the plot. I think that’s no way to be going about judging anything. If it was fit to be reduced to a Wikipedia synopsis then they’d just have made a Wikipedia synopsis. Saved a lot of bother.

But. It’s a bit shit, really. For the most part. Some of it works. The Lennon scene that everyone was howling over the head of it when they caught sight of it on the Wikipedia is one of the better sequences, for my money. Lovely, strange, surreal little interlude. Some of Danny Boyle’s directorial flourishes are exciting enough in the moment. Just wee tiny aesthetic choices. Some odd wee decisions made here and there put me in mind of Millions now and then, which is still my favourite Danny Boyle film. But. Overall I’d say this Yesterday is probably the worst thing he’s done since A Life Less Ordinary

There are several big Richard Curtis showstopping CRY NOW OK CRY NOW scenes that just don’t work at all. They’re unearned and just feel embarrassing. A whole bunch of folk not noticing it’s raining, so to speak. Not just once, at the end. All the way through. None of them land. Useless. 

The writing is just lazy as fuck throughout. Like Curtis has forgotten what happened at the start of the scene by the time he’s writing the end of it.

The scene where Beatles Joe plays Yesterday to his friends in the pub, for example. He says right away that it’s not his song, it’s a song by The Beatles. None of them have heard of The Beatles. One of them says “you musicians assume that everyone else has the encyclopaedic knowledge of obscure pop bands that you have. Neutral Milk Hotel. The Beatles.” That’s not exactly word for word what he says, but more or less it is. Beatles Joe can’t believe it. He says “But… this is one of the best songs ever written” and another friend sort of screws her face up and says “you never used to be this cocky.”

He just said he didn’t write it! It’s not his song, he’s not saying his song is one of the best ever written, he’s saying this Beatles song is one of the best songs ever written. He just said it two minutes ago.

Ed Sheeran is crap. I quite like Ed Sheeran, I think he's a fairly charming presence on the chat shows and what not. But he's crap. That’s another thing. Another again is that there a fuck of a lot of outdated Brent-isms and even Tim-isms on display, and none of them work either.

And the ending makes no sense.

But. Whatever. The one interesting thing about it is that it was released in the same year as the far superior Blinded By The Light, both films in which the work of iconic Mojo magazine sacred cow White Folks With Guitars are adopted and repurposed by young British Asians. Blinded By The Light made a lot of that; Yesterday never mentions it. Which I guess is pretty progressive, really.
 
I dunno. I watched it, anyway. There’s little doubt about that. 

Re: The wankest film idea ever conceived? Danny Boyle's Ed Sheeran Beatles thing
« Reply #432 on: December 21, 2019, 12:08:24 AM »
The biggest problem with the film is that it assumes that The Beatles were completely divorced from their place in time and someone writing those songs now would get the same success and adulation they got in the 60s. And that someone didn't come along and fill that Beatles-shaped gap at some point either. That and it is fucking awful in all other respects and has the classic late-period Curtis flaws of characters that don't behave or live like real human beings

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Re: The wankest film idea ever conceived? Danny Boyle's Ed Sheeran Beatles thing
« Reply #433 on: December 21, 2019, 07:34:29 AM »
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Re: The wankest film idea ever conceived? Danny Boyle's Ed Sheeran Beatles thing
« Reply #434 on: December 23, 2019, 05:39:13 AM »
The biggest problem with the film is that it assumes that The Beatles were completely divorced from their place in time and someone writing those songs now would get the same success and adulation they got in the 60s. And that someone didn't come along and fill that Beatles-shaped gap at some point either. That and it is fucking awful in all other respects and has the classic late-period Curtis flaws of characters that don't behave or live like real human beings

Don't forget the shitloads of bands doing Beatles-esque stuff at the time that failed to get picked up or make a name for themselves, completely autonomously and without inspiration by the Beatles until after their fame hit.

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