Loved it. Charming, funny, moving. Pacino was fantastic. (by dcTalker)
What a charming, funny, likable, moving little movie. The best one I've seen in 2015 so far. It's a gift for Pacino fans. He's fantastic here. Impossible not to like his performance. The entire cast was great. Great chemistry between Pacino and Bening, Pacino and Plummer, Pacino and Cannavale. Even the bit roles were likable. It avoided the cheesy side of things that would have been really easy to fall into. It's a fine film that makes for a great date night flick. A lot of laugh out loud moments and a surprisingly moving ending. 8.5/10
Great movie : al pacino should be nominated for a Oscar great story along the performance (by bogota909)
Story line was great , apart from a few scenes that should of slowly came together, but all in all it was a great film, made me feel warm inside at times. times,congratulations to al pacino for a great performance, we haven't seen ina few years This movie is a type of film you can see few times the supporting cast did well Direction of the film was good apart from A few scenes. The script and dialogue was outstanding, They could of done without the wreckless scenes but that was the real danny collins usually the great dramas always have low box office numbers this is one as well <more>
10,000,000 budget box office was 5,430,321 never the less this was a good movie with a soft ending I give it my thumbs up so people give it a try, if your a true movie buff you will enjoy this filmIm glad I watched it!! MIKE SANCHEZ frm DINNER N MOVIE!!
I was a bit scared at the beginning, this being a Al Pacino film and all since I haven't appreciated anything from him lately... What caught my attention was the plot involving John Lennon which I'm a huge fan of so i decided to give it a try and it caught me by surprise! The soundtrack is amazing for what it counts. But the plot really involves you while it goes trough Danny's messed up life while he tries to live up to John's letter expectations. Had a few laughs here and there as well and have some new music I haven't heard from Steve Tilston that I'm finding quite <more>
good actually. So if you like a good drama involved by a few laughs I highly recommend watching this one!
Inspired by the true story of folk singer Steve Tilston, 'Danny Collins' is A Beautiful Film, that offers great emotional depth! And Al Pacino shines in the title role, proving once again that he's among the greatest we've ever had!'Danny Collins' Synopsis: An aging rock star decides to change his life when he discovers a 40-year-old letter written to him by John Lennon.'Danny Collins' is at heart, a sensitive father & son story, that's emotionally charged. I was moved & overwhelmed by Danny Collins's journey, not only with his son, but also <more>
with his friends, his profession & himself. Its a fascinating character, that's been bought to life, with dexterity. Dan Fogelman's Screenplay is top-class. Its emotional & also humorous. Fogelman's Direction, on the other-hand, is simple, yet effective. Cinematography is good. Editing is consistently crisp. Costume Design is fine. Music by Ryan Adams & Theodore Shapiro is wonderful.Performance-Wise: Pacino is extraordinary as Danny Collins. He sinks his teeth into the part & brings it out with flying colors. Annette Bening is sweet. Bobby Cannavale is in fine form, as well. Jennifer Garner is subdued, while The Great Christopher Plummer is impeccable in his brief bit.On the whole, 'Danny Collins' is a winner all the way! Among the best films from 2015 yet!
A man in search of spiritual fulfillment in a material world. (by PWNYCNY)
This movie is about aging and about finding a reason to live. An aging rock star, Danny Collins, who is still popular, receives a letter from a famous rock star, forty years after the letter was written. The letter contains advice that if followed, may have changed Danny's life for the better. Basically, the letter's message was that you don't have to let material things erode your creativity. The problem for Danny is that after forty years of performing, he now finds himself wallowing in that creative and spiritual rut that the letter warned him about. He hasn't written a new <more>
song in thirty years and the material he does perform over and over again is stale to the point of being toxic. None of his props - his huge house, expensive car, young fiancé, the alcohol, the drugs - help inspire him. He feels an emptiness that is nagging him. After reading the letter, Danny decides to retire. He does this in order to try to revive his creativity and prove to himself that he can still produce. The rest of the movie reveals more about Danny's character, showing that under all the the boozing and drugging there exists a decent person. To find out whether Danny finds happiness and fulfillment, watch the movie. Al Pacino gives a strong, yet appropriately nuanced performance as an aging man who is searching for meaning in his life. After decades of using music as much as an escape as well as a source of income, he finally begins to confront the truth about himself. What he discovers makes this movie worth watching.
I admire Dan Fogelman's screen writing style. Some of his films may lack originality and be a little bit cheesy, but after all they are worth remembering. But I never thought that he could also direct a film this good. Even though the film critics say that you shouldn't "go expecting much in the way of surprises", it surprised me -- a lot.It's a film so likable and enjoyable that it's almost impossible for one to say it's bad. It does a wonderful job as a comedy-drama, but also as a music film. It has some funny moments in the first two acts, and it gradually <more>
gets sad and moving by the third act - and in my opinion, that's great. It never gets too technical or tiring in terms of music. Danny Collins is a balanced film that combines everything that the audience loves: fun, thrills and art -- but in a subtle manner.The film has a well-crafted pace. It never gets too fast or slow. It's interesting and eventful from the beginning to the end, but still never gets hard to follow or cheesy. Al Pacino gives a stirring performance, and the film also features an excellent work from an esteemed supporting cast.The dialog is also admirable. It's not complex or philosophical at all, it's it feels so natural and real that you'll find it remarkable for sure. The story is very compelling and satisfying. Even if it's not spectacular and innovative, it feels very pleasant and nice. It also focuses on some great characters that are built and developed quite well.I know that this film has clichés, plot holes and it's predictable, but at the end of the day, you'll think of it as a very engaging, delightful, moving and innocent experience. Danny Collins is the kind of film that you should enjoy while just freeing your mind from negative thoughts.
If it's your only outing to the theater this year, you've lucked out (by StevePulaski)
"Danny Collins" is the kind of film ripe for emotional manipulation and mawkishness, so much so that its potential to squander its wealth of talent makes one clench in their seat, hoping for a different result than the one they foresee. While there is definitely sentimentality to be found in the film, such scenes are handled with pleasant restraint from writer/director Dan Fogelman writer of "Tangled" and both "Cars" films . "Danny Collins" is likely one of the few commendable adult dramas we will get this year, and it's nice to see that it's a <more>
particularly winning blend of restriction and talent.The film concerns the title character played by Al Pacino in his best, most subtle role in years , an aging, alcoholic, cocaine-addicted singer, disillusioned with his current state of faking it through sold out performances, playing the same old tired songs his most famous song echoes the tune of "Sweet Caroline" he has since he began his career in the 1970's. One day, he decides to drop everything, cancelling the remainder of his tour in order to venture out to stay indefinitely at a Hilton hotel and work on his songwriting, something he hasn't done in several decades, much to the dismay of his long suffering manager Frank Grubman Christopher Plummer . While staying at the Hilton, Danny tries to make right with his son Tom Bobby Cannavale , who has gone on to marry a beautiful woman Jennifer Garner and lead a solid life without the help of his father, whom views him as a deadbeat, as well as win the heart of the stubborn hotel manager Mary Sinclair Annette Bening , who shoots down every dinner request he makes.All of this angst and disillusionment arises when Danny receives a long-lost letter from John Lennon, following an interview at a magazine where Danny references Lennon as a major influence. In the letter, Lennon tells him to be true to himself and states that the money and fame don't corrupt a person, but personal choices and vices will always be the downfall of a man. With this, Danny becomes rather tumultuous and realizes he's been stuck in a dead-end, creative funk for years, unable to produce a winning record or anything of noteworthiness for years. He uses this opportunity to take a vacation and hopefully find creative inspiration and connectivity amongst those he should've been in contact with for many years.Pacino is always the centerpiece of "Danny Collins," in nearly every shot of the film and always bearing some kind of discernible energy, whether it be boisterous or subtle. This is Pacino's most accomplished role in years, as he finds ways to create his own character and infuse him with just the right amount of life for the occasion. He is never overcome with theatrics, and plays everything in a genuine, low-key manner, something we haven't seen from Pacino in quite some time. His portrait of an aging alcoholic musician who realizes he hasn't done anything creative or for himself in years perhaps there's some loose, real-life connection there, but that's all speculation, of course isn't played in a manner where overacting prevails emotion and that's the key to a great deal of "Danny Collins"' success.The supporting characters in "Danny Collins" all transcend the lines of typical supporting characters, as they branch out to become their own character and are brought to life thanks to a collection of great talent. Among the best of the lot is Christopher Plummer, who serves as Danny's best friend in the film as well as his financial and managerial guide. Plummer is just as wry here as he's ever been, never missing a comedic or dramatic beat, and turns up just in time to save the film from becoming too sappy or too dramatic. Bobby Cannavale also does arguably some of his finest work as Danny's understandably livid son, who has been left in the dark and in the working class region of the world while his father adores all the fame of show business, so he thinks, and leaves all other responsibilities unattended. Cannavale, like Pacino, acts within his own restraints of showing anger but not being overly dramatic about the entire affair, never breaking out in a fight with his father nor letting loose a monologue of vulgarities. Almost every conversation held between them conducts itself with a pleasant sense of situational realism."Danny Collins" is a surprising little film, and given how its small theatrical release is being expanded little by little, I have a feeling it will resonate with the baby boomer crowd as time goes on, giving them a little opportunity for cinematic enrichment as they're often forgotten. If that's the case, this is fine film to see, especially if you're only planning on seeing one, maybe two, films this year.
I was in two minds as to whether I'd even bother with another Pacino film. He's been involved in a quite a few mediocre movies recently and I'd made a mental note to try and avoid them. However, I found plot summary of this movie quite intriguing and thought I'd give it a go. Incredibly this is one of his best films and I really enjoyed it from the start to the credits. Danny Collins has lived a hedonistic, excessive lifestyle for decades, but a surprising event causes him to look at his life and he makes substantial efforts to change and even to mend relationships. His quest <more>
may not be easy or faultless but it is still very satisfying. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
Al Pacino was great in the movie. I would have never cast him has Danny Collins. Danny Collins is suppose to be a big folk singer in the 1970's. They used old photos of Al from the 1970's as album covers, i think one still from the God father, which made Danny Collins music seem instance and Dark my kind of folk , but the music actually done was very pop and sounded weird actually being sung by Pacino, who looks more like a lounge singer. But the movie is not really about the music. Danny Collins is more about Collins attempting to charm his way into his son's life, a man who he <more>
has never met and has a family of his own. Pacino may have been slightly miss cast, but the man was charming and funny and was lighting up the screen with his charisma. similar to his role in Sent of A Woman.Definitely go see if you are a Pacino fan.