Same-er Things: Yesterday, Stranger Things and the painful lack of originality in Hollywood

Anghus Houvouras on Hollywood’s lack of originality…

I’m not sure if I can convey the cringe-inducing feeling I get while watching any of the marketing for the new film Yesterday. As soon as the voice over establishing the basic premise of the movie is spoken, my brain begins to boil.

“In a world where only one person remembers The Beatles…”

Before the sentence even finishes, the words ‘Fuck’ and ‘You’ and pinging around my brain like a pinball.

I’ll never watch this movie. In spite of loving Danny Boyle and being a normal red-blooded human who appreciates the music of the Beatles, I find the existence of a movie like Yesterday infuriating. It feels like the most salient example of creative impotence that is gripping Hollywood like flaccid tentacles. It’s a story completely reliant on the artistic efforts of other. Where the emotional beats and moments

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