Hubby and I went to see Aladdin yesterday but a baby and a small toddler in front of us started being noisy and were playing with a toy that kept flashing a red light. Long story short… the mother refused to do anything to resolve her children’s behavior and didn’t even care. The manager gave us free passes for another day and we chose to watch Yesterday instead of Aladdin, yesterday.
We were kind of irritated and feeling like we had gotten a consolation prize but….we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed this movie!!
Warning: Spoilers Ahead
We saw Christian themes and morals throughout the movie even though it was not promoted as such. In the same manner as two people can look at VanGogh’s Sunflower painting and one might say “Wow, look at how this painting reflects God’s beauty in nature and how God inspired VanGogh’s talent and guided his hands! A non-believer might gaze at it and think VanGogh, the guy who cut off his ear because of his depression. There is no God in this painting only a yellow flower.” But we both believe that the screenwriter intended to send some Godly messages in Yesterday.
We are both ENFJ’s and were in tears at the end of the movie. Jack, the main character, is a failing musician who finally decides to give up on his dream when he has a terrible accident which knocks out his front teeth and gives him a brain injury. From this point on things have changed in the world and people have never heard of the Beatles. He becomes famous then introducing their songs as his.
As fantastical as the premise is, my hubby made this great point to me saying our God loves us so much that he could alter history to help somebody achieve their dream…and then we got all teary eyed again😊
Indeed, our God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to us , Jesus, who died for us and rose again, defying all norms and science! He is a God of miracles!
Now because Jack is in this new existence where the Beatles are not famous he finds himself in a moral dilemma. Should he present The Beatles songs as his own and take the fame that comes with it or as Kate McKinnon, his satirically played evil manager asks “Will you drink from the poison chalice”?
He says yes and now his lies can’t stop and he lives in fear, having recurring nightmares about being found out as a fraud.
We have a nonprofit called Character GPS and we are in the trenches teaching values, moral values to mostly youth and we often reiterate that telling a lie can often lead to another lie and another etc. until you can’t even remember who you told what. Then you’re trapped. You’re in your own prison. A spiritual prison so to speak although you could also end up in a physical prison if those lies are too big.
So in the movie when Jack is about to lose his mind because of this moral dilemma he is truly pleading for help when he frantically sings help from the rooftop of a hotel, this version of the Beatles song being faster, more frenzied and climatic!
Another value I love about this movie is racial equality, it’s blatant and subtle at the same time. Four white “dudes”, lol at one point people in the insustry were telling him to call Hey Jude Hey Dude, made it big with this catalog of songs and in the movie Jack, an unpretentious looking Indian man also makes it big with those same songs. The music is art itself and stands on it’s own merit.
At one point in the movie we have an dark-skinned marketing executive telling Jack that The White Album is too white, one of the funnier lines but kind of points out the racial factor blatantly.
The more subtle hint of racial equality is, if I am remembering correctly, there is a picture Martin Luther King on the wall of Jack’s Los Angeles-based Music Manager. One of my favorite lines of his is that he wants his children to someday be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.
In this movie it’s more like be judged by the quality of one’s music and not the color of one’s skin.
Also, the character of the Beatles as people left something to be desired ie: drugs, anti God etc. Not great role models. But in fact God uses us despite our flaws to accomplish great things. Doctor Martin Luther King was a flawed person, as I am, but he inspired a lot of and continue to inspire a lot of people. The Apostle Paul persecuted Christians and yet God used him for great things.
God can use us despite our flaws!