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In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

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Plot Overview

winged fairyAccording to Malcolm Gladwell's ‘The Story of Success’:

“success follows a predictable course. It is not the brightest who succeed. … Nor is success simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given op­por­tun­ities—and have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them. … For the Beatles, it was Hamburg. ¶“The Beatles put in thousands of hours of practice in Hamburg” (267, 239).

Struggling British musician Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) has trouble getting gigs. He's about to throw in the towel and go back to teaching when inexplicably, there's a world­wide rolling blackout rotating earthlasting twelve seconds, during which he gets hit by a bus in the dark and loses two front teeth. We might suppose it was the tooth fairy collecting reparations by removing major brand products from the world, for now nobody remembers the Beatles or any of their songs. But Jack is spared. A Google search of ‘Beatles’ yields nothing but beetles the insect bugs dancing.

Jack is able to reproduce their songs and pass them off as his own, to the applause of music lovers every­where, but it complicates his life big time.


The theater audience faced with the prospect of a film with no Beatles music or influence is thankful for Jack bringing them back, how­ever pathetic his stage presence. (Prov. 25:13) “As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.” It would be like field laborers on a hot day being refreshed by a cold gust of wind. Or with a cold can of Coca-Cola on a pause that refreshes. Or by a needed cigarette on a break. Or by the thrill of tearing into the latest Harry Potter novel on lunch break. The Beatles music—17 of their songs—in this movie is much appreciated.

(Prov. 25:14) “Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.” The problem Jack has is taking credit for a song writing talent he does not possess. He's all hot air and bluster, and he knows it.

dating / friendship
hierarchies(Prov. 25:15) “By long forbearing is a prince persuaded, and a soft tongue breaketh the bone.” His cute manageress and friend of many years Ellie Appleton (Lily James) finds her­self in the “wrong column.” She yearns to be Jack's girl­friend but finds her­self in the “fun chum column.” She bears her pain in silence for many years, but when Jack is about to depart on a world tour—while she must stay behind to teach—she is forced to bring up the matter, albeit softly.

(Prov. 25:16) “Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled there­with, and vomit it.” Jack's problem is that while a modicum of success may be just the ticket for his flagging music career, to drink deeply of the chalice of fame and fortune is to be over­whelmed with all that life entails. Jack can't resist. As the saying goes, “In for a kopek, in for a ruble.”

(Prov. 25:17) “Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.” Jack's Plan ‘C’ road crew­man Rocky (Joel Fry) senses when he must hastily with­draw from a very private conversation between Jack and Ellie.

Production Values

” (2019) was directed by Danny Boyle. The story was conceived by Jack Barth and the screen­play written by Richard Curtis. It stars Himesh Patel, Lily James, and Joel Fry. Patel was a master of irony and dead­pan playing an anti­hero. Lily James was perfection in her supporting role. Ed Sheeran had some screen­time playing him­self, which he didn't overdo. Comedienne Kate McKinnon gave it her best and nearly stole some scenes.

MPAA rated it PG–13 for suggestive content and language. The cinema­tog­raphy was nice and colorful. The movie progresses with solid pacing in an enjoyable, quirky story. Some of the comedy, how­ever, intrudes on some dramatic moments.

Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation

This film would never be mistaken for a Rom-Com, but the romance in it is touching and the comedy British. It's a worthy feel-good film, this tribute to the legacy of the Beatles. I was touched.

Movie Ratings

Action Factor: Weak action scenes. Suitability for Children: Suitable for children 13+ years with guidance. Special effects: Average special effects. Video Occasion: Good Date Movie. Suspense: A few suspenseful moments. Overall movie rating: Four stars out of five.

Works Cited

Scripture is quoted from the King James Version. Pub. 1611, rev. 1769. Software.

Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers. New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2008. Print.