Script: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice
Cast: Christopher Walken, Erich Bergen, John Lloyd Young, Joseph Russo, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza
Setting: 1960s, New Jersey, New York
Rated : 4 Stars
Jersey Boys is based on a musical, based on the life of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Their formation, rise to fame, and then their disintegration. Going in to the film I knew nothing about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but as I heard the songs I did recognise most of them.All the actors do their job, and there singing is great, although I didn’t enjoy the nasal whine in Valli’s voice. It just wasn’t to my taste. Ignoring that though, it was all good.
But the story itself was far too flat, it was just one scene after another with no real build up or development of character. There was no emotion to any of it. To put it bluntly I was pretty bored through a lot of it.
I think it suffered from sticking too close to the stage version1 it was all spectacle and not substance. Which works much better in a live stage show, because you can really appreciate the musical numbers.
I also didn’t think that the characters asides to the camera worked. It felt like it should have either not been used at all or used a lot more, it didn’t work at all apart from as an annoyance to me. I get the whole point of, there is the way you remembered it, the way I remembered it, and maybe the way it really happened, but it wasn’t used enough to work, or actually make that a part of the film. It came up from time to time, but not enough to be a central point.
All in all I’d have to say skip it, really not worth the trip to the cinema.
although I haven’t seen that and so am just speculating ↩