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‘Yesterday’: Danny Boyle’s Beatles-Centric Movie Shares Similarities With Two Different Novels

‘Yesterday’: Danny Boyle’s Beatles-Centric Movie Shares Similarities With Two Different Novels

If nothing else, Danny Boyle’s latest film “Yesterday” has one hell of an interesting premise: a regular guy with a middling music career (the very charming Himesh Patel) gets hit by a bus during a curious worldwide blackout, only to wake up from a brief coma to realize he’s the only person who remembers the songs of the Beatles. Soon enough, he’s sweeping the world with his special, and, to the world, novel, jams like “Yesterday” and “Hey Jude” and “I Saw Her Standing There,” among others.

Written by rom-com king Richard Curtis from a story by Jack Barth, the high-concept feature is beholden to its big idea, but it seems as if even the film’s best idea isn’t a particularly original one. In recent weeks, at least two authors have come out with their own, earlier projects that are built on similar premises, and

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