Danny Boyle (2019)

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Richard Curtis's script (from his and Jack Barth's story) hinges on a tantalising alternative world: what if one musician remembered the songs of the Beatles and no one else on the planet did? This brilliant conceit is given the full, stammering, hemming-and-hawing Curtis treatment, complete with will-they-won't-they lovers. Mediocre musician Jack Malik (played by EastEnders alumnus Himesh Patel) gets hit by a bus and on waking up, finds himself propelled into a world where cigarettes don't exist (spoiler, sorry) but neither do the Fab Four. This means Jack can say he's written all of their tunes, even if success means he loses his best friend and one true love (Lily James). Curtis and director Danny Boyle turn up the giggles, with nasty LA management (Kate McKinnon) and strangely insecure Ed Sheeran (as a version of himself) adding to the feel of music industry reality. For all its flaws, this is another feel-good, uplifting singalong entertainment that's very much in the style of Rocketman or Bohemian Rhapsody, but at least this time, we don't have to worry about the facts. Rousing British comedy, anyone?


A struggling musician gets hit by a bus during a mysterious event where everyone in the world simultaneously blacks out. When he regains consciousness, he finds that he is the only person who can remember the Beatles, and sets out to exploit the opportunity by passing their hits off as his own compositions. Danny Boyle's comedy, starring Himesh Patel and Lily James.

Cast & Crew

Jack Malik Himesh Patel
Ellie Appleton Lily James
Rocky Joel Fry
Ed Sheeran Ed Sheeran
Debra Hammer Kate McKinnon
Carol Sophia Di Martino
Jed Malik Sanjeev Bhaskar
Sheila Malik Meera Syal
James Corden James Corden
Brian Vincent Franklin
Terry Karl Theobald
Gavin Alexander Arnold
Hilary Camilla Rutherford
Liz (Liverpool Stranger) Sarah Lancashire
Leo (Russian Stranger) Justin Edwards
Hazel Elizabeth Berrington
Director Danny Boyle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 28 Jun 2019