I loved that the Rolling Stones were still rocking. Oasis, not. That actually makes me wonder what musical influences do not exist in this alternate universe. How about Elvis? Buddy Holly? If The Beatles' influencers didn't exist, no Beatles. But if the Delta blues men were still around: Voila! Rolling Stones.
The other things that didn't exist made me laugh too. Could someone please check if Georgia made it OK without Coca-Cola? 😄 No cigarettes is kind of a big stretch. Is there no tobacco in this world? I would think that somewhere along the line, someone decided to smoke it. Perhaps cigarettes just have some other name. OTOH, it's nice to think that George is probably still alive in this universe.
I loved Rocky and he was, as a kooky, somewhat socially awkward character, a bit of a callback to Spike, another kooky, socially awkward character, from the also Curtis-penned Notting Hill.
Jack trying to remember all the Beatles' songs and lyrics were some of the best scenes. Fun seeing the little inspirations that would allow him to recall another song to add to his wall. His seeming inability to recall the lyrics to Eleanor Rigby, had me calling out to the screen, "The socks belong to Father McKenzie!" 🙂
I was so pleased that the two older people who also remembered the music of The Beatles were happy that Jack was singing their songs for the rest of the world to hear. I was dreading the idea that either/both of them would ultimately expose him as an imposter. This way was SO much better and much more aligned to the tone of the movie.
I really don't care for Kate McKinnon. This movie certainly did nothing to change my opinion.
Although I'm a Baby Boomer, I have always continued to listen to new music. It ticks me off that most people in my age group will only listen to music that was popular when they were young. Accordingly, there were a lot of older people in the theater with me, who didn't get many of the jokes: "Fix You", Oasis, most of the humor at Ed Sheeran's expense--I'm really not certain they even had any idea that he is a major recording artist IRL,not just some actor!--and most unbelievably the Voldemort/Harry Potter reference at the end. Seriously, you don't even know of Harry Potter?!?! OTOH, I have several friends who are in their 30s and were wondering if they'd enjoy the movie, given that they're not all that familiar with The Beatles' catalog. I've assured them that they will. I think Boyle/Curtis did a great job to keep both age groups interested. I'm thoroughly sold. I can't stop thinking about the film and look forward to seeing it again.
I actually liked "Summer Song." 😄