Excerpt: Clint Eastwood se da el gusto de ponerse tras las cámaras de un musical con este atrancado repaso a la historia de los legendarios Four Seasons. Una propuesta que se atasca a mitad de camino, correcta formalmente pero sin mayor trascendencia.
Excerpt: “Jersey Boys” is a stroll through the park with your aging uncle who adores Frankie Valli and makes you listen to records as he recalls the good old days. Sure, there’s a certain warmth to it, but even at the ripe middle age of 42, I found myself antsy and wanting to move on almost as soon as the movie starts.
Excerpt: In adapting the Broadway musical to film director Clint Eastwood uses the old neighborhood brotherhood as his base note, layering in the conflicts among the original four members with the play’s pass-the-baton, Rashomon-like, direct address device.
Excerpt: What made the original such a joy was the wonderful plethora of hit songs from the Four Seasons, not the generic Behind the Music-style story. Eastwood highlights the weakest aspects of the play while de-emphasizing the music.
Excerpt: For all the wonderful performances and quirky stories behind the songs you know so well, the film’s sputtering and lurching second half is enough to weigh down the film’s overall feel good vibe.
Excerpt: Jersey Boys should explode and pop off the screen, and it just seems unremarkable and bereft of dramatic interest. Those timelessly catchy doo-wop tunes will surely stick in your head, but the last thing the viewer should feel at the end of the show is neutral.