Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Cheistopher Walken, etc.
For fans of the magnificent broadway musical, including myself, it can be inferred in the first ten minutes or so or Clint Eastwood’s adaption of Jersey Boys that something is just missing. Where’s the cheer or spectacle that brought the show to life? Where are (the majority of) the show-stopping numbers? Why is everything just so… Plain?
The film’s leads, especially Young and Piazza, do a very good job of supporting the film, and what little musical numbers there are, are generally quite good. But in between the great presentations of the four band members, the film just drags along and spitters with relatively weak dramatic moments. The bits of goodness, especially an awesome musical number involving the whole cast at the very end of the film, mixed in with the rest (quite mediocre) really frustrates. This could have been an excellent adaption.
Though the talents of Frankie Valli and the Four Season are given fair treatment by the impressive actors, the film’s lack of flair and excitement that should be present in a musical really bog it down. And the moments of greatness only serve to make the disappointment harder, making you wish the rest of it was as good. With several other musical adaptions supposedly coming later this year (Spring Awakening and Into the Woods, for both of the which the expectations are already lower than Jersey Boys’), only time will tell if the movie musical of yesteryear can be restored to it’s former glory.