Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

(2014)

Everybody remembers it how they need to.

Clint Eastwood directs the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical about a group of New Jersey friends, from the wrong side of the tracks, who would become '60s pop sensations Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. ... More

The story shows how lessons learned in the streets of New Jersey got the group through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, personality clashes, Mafia threats and family disasters. John Lloyd Mills Young resumes the role of Frankie Valli in the film version, after two years playing the singer on Broadway (for which he won a Best Actor Tony Award in 2006), joined by Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda as The Four Seasons.Hide

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Each band member takes turns narrating the four acts of Broadway adaptation Jersey Boys - the story of 1960’s pop hit machines Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire) as the group’s guitarist and ringleader Tommy DeVito provides the perfect introduction to proceedings. The man responsible for drawing a naïve teenage Frankie (played by golden-voiced Broadway original John Lloyd-Young) into the world of fenced goods, loose women and eventually his pop band, Piazza’s Goodfellas Jersey swagger promises a rambunctious, zinger-filled picture.... More

The film somewhat delivers on that promise, but also hits a number of bum notes.

Director Clint Eastwood’s (Invictus, Gran Torino) own working class background may be what drew him to the project, but his lack of experience with more upbeat fare lets down Jersey Boys’ energy and pacing. It also struggles visually in its portrayal of the different eras in which it’s set. I’m not sure which was less convincing - 38-year old Lloyd-Young as a 16-year old ingénue or as a bewigged 56-year old cabaret singer.

The singing is fabulous and the film shines brightest during musical numbers. Most of it is performed ‘live’, a trend started by the 2012 adaptation of Les Miserables that showcases just how impressive the vocal performances are. It’s impossible to see this film and not exclaim, “They had so many hits!” The songs are still so catchy they will keep your toes tapping for a full week after leaving the cinema.Hide


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BY MaiaMcnz lister

I saw this with an older audience who seemed to LOVE it. To me it seemed a bit to slick and convenient to really lose myself in what is undoubtably a great story. It's a pity because the music is so good.


BY Gaspardation superstar

The last 10 minutes are exactly what i'm looking for. but it just ain't fabulous. what a pity.


BY PhilMoore superstar

This is a great biopic about a group of guys from New Jersey that grew up around the mob and the only way out that was to sing. Their rise to fame in the early 60's was huge. The lead guy who plays Frankie Valli was great. They played all the hits at the right time. It showed the tough times with difficult relationships they had with their family. Also money issues as well being in debt. Clint Eastwood directed this well, letting the music do the talking. If you are interested in this band and... More enjoyed the stage show. You should see this film. I highly recommend itHide


The Press Reviews

53% of critics recommend.
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  • A somewhat plodding but still sporadically entertaining affair. Full Review

  • A strange movie, and it's a Clint Eastwood enterprise, both reasons to see it. Full Review

  • Between the high-gloss, desaturated prestige-picture look of the film and the visibly fakey soundstage sets of the Jersey boys' hometown... feels plastic and artificial throughout. Full Review

  • The relative dearth of prominent musical performances turns what could have been a dancing-in-the-aisles romp into a bit of a slog. Full Review

  • It's entertaining musical biopic territory but rarely steps out of anything but caricature. Full Review

  • The songs, beautifully performed, are nostalgic, the personal drama is touching, it all looks great with its muted colours and precise production design. Full Review

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