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Jack Malik (Himesh Patel) is a soulful if brooding young man, with a very pleasant singing voice.Soon, Jack will realize the enormity of what's happened: Nobody remembers The Beatles, except for him. The immense Beatles catalog is all his, to introduce to the world.This is the tantalizing premise of "Yesterday," directed by Danny Boyle. What a great idea, and what questions it raises: Would we love those iconic songs today the way we did the first time, in another's voice? Would a post #MeToo world accept a song by an older man about a 17-year-old girl?No, Jack protests, Paul McCartney wrote it.Jack runs home and Googles The Beatles. Then Sheeran hears Jack croon "In My Life" on a radio show.Sheeran is self-deprecatingly funny as a pop star who fast realizes he's Salieri to Jack's Mozart. (He's the guy who will suggest that Jack change "Hey Jude" to "Hey Dude". ) He challenges Jack to a 10-minute songwriting contest, only to be destroyed when Jack produces "The Long and Winding Road".
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