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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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BY Leonie Hayden Flicks Writer
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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