From an advertising perspective, I think they did well. I found the preview very intriguing and think it drew many potential viewers in. But the movie was overly flat.I see what you’re saying but Us did make $250m on a $20m budget. It’s a roaring financial success. We’ll see if his box office progressively gets lower.
Booksmart - I'm always a bit of a sucker for coming of age movies but I thought this was pretty great. It is a bit cliched sometimes but mostly it's funny, charming and heartwarming. 8/10
Interesting take on it. I was totally the opposite around Himesh Patel's performance though. I didn't necessarily believe his acting all the time, but thought his renditions of the Beatles songs were really great. I particularly loved the version of Help on the rooftop of the hotel down by the beach.Yesterday (2019)
If something weird happened and suddenly the Beatles never existed and only you knew they did and knew all their songs, why wouldn't you pass them off as your own and make a mint. This is the tale of Yesterday, and an enjoyable story it is. The premise builds tension in the fact that the protagonist a UK/Indian called jack Malik is lauded as possibly the greatest songwriter to have ever lived. He has to deal with the fact these songs don't belong to him and I think the film does deal with this without resorting to clique sci fi plot developments. The love story sub plot is somewhat tedious though, and does resort to clique romcom plot points. My only other feeling about this film is the guy who played John Malik (Himesh Patel) was a pretty mediocre performer musically, and I don't think his versions of such popular Beatles hits really did them any justice. It was more akin to average karaoke than an artistic performance. But it is what it is. Overall, not a bad film but I feel somehow it missed the mark because Himesh Patel who plays Malik just doesn't carry it that well and the more I think about the story I feel they could've done so much better than this. 5/10