So here's the thing: Saw Jersey Boys tonight. Now I've never been interested in the stage version I think musicals should have original music and I didn't really trust in Clint Eastwood directing a musical; in short - I was ready to hate it I've been called snob and pretentious more than a few times . But let me tell you, I was dead wrong.It was AWESOME!!! The actors are stellar, the music is fantastic and the film completely engrossing. I had a big goofy smile plastered across my face from beginning to end. The audience clapped twice during the movie it was that good . It <more>
would not be hyperbolic of me to say that this WILL get Oscar nominations. I will be seeing this movie again and again when it comes out June 20th. Do yourself a favour and do the same.
Our Eyes Adored it....our hearts ached for more (by CrazyCoconuts)
Great movie...great music...great actors...what more could you ask for. I knew Eastwood began his life as a musician, but I didn't think he would do such a great job with a pseudo-musical. Great job Mr. Eastwood! I've never seen the musical, but I gotta tell you, if you love 60's, 70's & 80's Frankie Valli songs, your eyes too will adore this movie... and your ears... and your heart... and the entire rest of your body.It was heartbreaking at times...and I got chills several times while finding out how they came-up with some of their songs...like the death of his <more>
daughter. But, it was also very insightful into the lives of kids with dreams and how committed one has to be to make it in the music industry.If I could give this movie a higher score I would. Our theater was packed-full and everyone clapped afterwards like we were watching a living bio-pic. I even saw a few people with tears in their eyes from being so deeply affected by the beautiful music and memories in this movie....so many great memories...that the songs take you back to.
If you Love Music...you will Love Jersey Boys (by JimmyAFitz)
My wife and I were extremely and pleasantly surprised. I've never been into musicals...ever...my favorite up to this point was "The Sound of Music," which inspired me to get into the film industry in the first place, yet, we found ourselves seat dancing and bopping in our seats. We really enjoyed the interpersonal approach of having the characters each expressing their takes and their understanding of each situation, which brought a lot of comedic character moments to the storyline and subplots. But the the thing that impressed us the most, was the decision to make the film NOT <more>
feel like a musical. No-one busted out in song at the wrong time...and the singing moments felt completely unforced. It was like watching a living biographical film. Great Directing job by Clint Eastwood.Lastly, we didn't realize how many great hits Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons had. We thoroughly loved this movie....and can't wait to buy the soundtrack.The theater was pack...and it was the biggest theater in the Tampa Bay area.
Makes you love their Music All over Again (by ssweet-26-519348)
Going into the movie I knew and liked the Four Season's music, but was unsure if I would like the movie it would not have been my first or second pick to go see . However, I was able to see an early viewing of the film and took advantage of it. I must say I LOVED it. It had all of the songs I loved. The film has the right amount of humor when needed. I have not seen the Broadway show version. If you like their music it is worth going just for that as it is a mix of recordings from the Four Seasons and also recordings from the cast. While it is rated R for language, I did not find it <more>
excessive. Erich Bergen's performance stood out for me. I have never seen a Clint Eastwood film that he has been either a producer or director. I was wary about seeing the film, but must admit that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would Recommend this film
In a theater packed with more people than I've seen attending a matinée in a long, long time, it would seem that each and every person in there enjoyed a toe-tapping, finger-snapping, head-bobbing, 'I-want-to-sing- along' experience during this dance down memory lane. And it wasn't only those who were there when all of this came down, but those too young to have been a part of that scene were having a great time. The casting and directing could not be more excellent than they are for this movie. And it isn't only the music, which is marvelous, but the look into the <more>
relationships of the people involved in this moment in time that is fascinating. A peek into their history, their character, the way their lives played out - this is a well put together film When a picture ends with people applauding, you know you've just seen a winner. When you walk out and hear folks saying, "I'm sure going to have to buy this when it comes out.", you really can appreciate the fact that you weren't the only one in there having a fun time. There are only a few directors whose films you know you can always count on for quality – Eastwood has most certainly proved he's one.
It was not my call to see this movie but so glad I went along for the ride! It has at least a little something for everyone and a LOT for Frankie Valli fans. Granted, the narration is a little distracting at first, but you quickly get so into the story and the characters; the good times and the bad, that you adapt to it quickly. I thought I was tired of their music but I couldn't get enough of it. After several of the songs, the entire audience clapped as though we were at the performance portrayed in the movie. Eastwood knows what moves us, what makes us laugh and how to get us on our <more>
feet. He delivers it all big time. Seriously, what more do you want from a movie?
A brilliant narration on the true cost of fame and fortune and how pain and loss can conceive everlasting music. (by LloydBayer)
There's a reason why the 1960s is widely known as the "Golden Era" of music, specifically, the birth of what is now called Rock n Roll. Comprising of four British teenagers from Liverpool, The Beatles produced their first album Please Please Me in 1963 and went on to be regarded as the greatest rock and roll band of all time. But just a year earlier, in 1962, four boys from New Jersey made heads turn and girls swoon with a unique 'sound' to their music. Jersey Boys is the phenomenal true story of a 'sound' that took four boys from New Jersey's mob <more>
controlled suburbs and made them into the icons they are today – legends whose music is still celebrated more than five decades on!Produced and directed by another living legend – Clint Eastwood – Jersey Boys is a Tony Award winning Broadway and West End musical adaptation of the same name. Scripted by Woody Allen's Oscar winning collaborate Marshall Brickman Anne Hall and Manhattan , the story benefits from a deeply dramatized account of the stage production, thus making it a biopic rather than just a musical. This is why the audience has to wait a good hour before Frankie Valli John Lloyd Young makes our feet tap to the film's first real track: Sherry. But before we get to hear Young's remarkable rendition of Valli's incredible falsetto pitch, Brickman's story takes us through New Jersey's underworld circa. Valli is a good Italian-American kid but his friend Tommy DeVito Vincent Piazza is just the opposite. They are both connected to local mobster Gyp DeCarlo Christopher Walken . Taking Valli under his wing, Tommy puts together a small time band but only manages mediocre returns while also moonlighting as juvenile delinquents. This changes with the arrival of Bob Gaudio Erich Bergen , a golden goose of a singer- song writer whose epiphany changes the band's name from The Four Lovers to The Four Seasons. Then, with the addition of bass guitarist and singer Nick Massi Michael Lomenda , Sherry, their first song as a band, becomes a hit and the group is instantly catapulted into nationwide fame.By the time we get to the band's all-time number one hit single, Can't Take My Eyes Off You, there's trouble brewing. Domestic heartbreak and tragedy, ego trips and quarrels, financial crises and mob intervention turns cracks into fissures. Reminding us that this is in fact a stage show adaptation, Eastwood creates individual perceptions by allowing each member of the band to narrate his story directly to the camera. While this might seem like a theatre-cinema blending technique ala Moulin Rouge! , it adds wholesome dimensions as a biography made for the discerning cinema audience. Adding on to that dimension is the juxtaposition of organized crime with the evolution of Doo-wop into rock and pop. In fact, there is a brief reference to Frank Sinatra, who as legendary as himself, was known to have ties with Chicago's notorious mobster Al Capone. To this effect, the story also includes real life actor Joe Pesci Joey Russo as a talent scout who recommends Bob to the band. Synonymous with mobster roles in previous films, Walken himself might seem like a cliché, but instead is entrusted with the film's humour and he delivers. Characterization from the rest leaves more to be desired. Young as front man Valli and Piazza as Tommy are more theatrical than expected in a film. It's a different matter when we get to see them perform as musicians – simply astonishing!That there is no reference to era specific bands like The Beach Boys or the Bee Gees can be another letdown. Instead, Brickman's script remains parallel to the stage production with emphasis on an underdog rags-to-riches plot arc. Even so, as Eastwood's first musical adaptation, Jersey Boys has more hits than misses excuse the pun . Like the Academy Award winning Walk The Line, a lot of focus has gone into the back story by dramatizing the true cost of fame and fortune. Above all, it is a brilliant narration on how pain and loss can conceive everlasting music. And judging from the need to make this film, it's no surprise that the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will always remain evergreen.
I saw the stage play 27x in Chicago and 1x on Broadway. I was fully prepared to hate The movie. But, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not easy to take a stage production and make a good movie. Some reviewers say it started out slow but so did the musical. Jeez, you have to get the beginning of their story! Eastwood kept the same premise by letting each member tell their story...you know there's each person's perception and then there's the real story. You can watch this movie and tap your feet and clap with the music. There was no one behind me so I got up and danced in my seat a <more>
couple times!! There was applause a few times in the theater just like at a stage production. There were a few things Clint changed that I wish he had left alone. There were a few things he expounded upon that I enjoyed. I will be going back over and over and over again. This is a good time to be had by all. I'd like to slap some professional critics who panned it. They are way off base.
*Possible spoilers, though nothing in-depth*I had seen the musical in London ooh la la and loved it then too, so I was hoping sort of for a straight adaptation of the play, even though I was a bit hesitant about what a musical from Clint Eastwood would be like. I mean, I've seen Paint Your Wagon.So for those of you who, like me, may have been both hoping and dreading a musical adaptation: relax. Eastwood, wisely it turns out, eschews all the belting and hoofing and relegates the musical numbers to naturalistic rehearsals and recording sessions. What he retains from the play works, for <more>
the most part, particularly the bit of having the film being narrated to the camera by one character to the next -- something I remember from other movies by one of Jersey Boys writers, Marshall Brickman, who used a similar device in "Lovesick" and "Annie Hall."The cast is a knockout, especially Christopher Walken who shows a tiny glimpse of the dynamite dancing chops he had in "Pennies From Heaven" , Vincent Piazza as the hotheaded Tommy DeVito, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, the quiet genius, and John Lloyd Young's Frankie Valli. Young seems preternaturally, well, young, which gives the latter scenes of an older Valli some theatricality -- but then you check out Frankie Valli now and you realize, that guy has not aged. And neither has Eastwood: at 84 years old, he's delivered a fleet, fun entertaining biopic with great songs though it seems like hours before a really great Four Seasons song actually shows up and great performances. I'll definitely see this one again when it comes out in wide release, and next time I'm bringing my mom.