Release year: 2014
Director: Clint Eastwood
Screenwriter: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elise
Starring: John Lloyd Young, Vincent Piazza, Steve Schirripa, Christopher Walken, Kathrine Narducci, Lou Volpe, Lacey Hannan
Four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey form the iconic group The Four Seasons.
Clint Eastwood’s adaption of the Tony Award winning musical by the same name is a musical biography of the famous group The Four Seasons, focusing on lead singer Frankie Valli and the relationship between the members which was often strained. The movie gives a good insight into the boys’ troubled road to succes and gains energy from the excellent and numerous hits the group made. But for every song there is a scene of fighting and bickering that constantly threatens to pull the movie down from the energetic experience it could be. Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, 2004) has cleverly found several of his cast members among the cast from the play, gaining talent that knows their part inside out and can manage the vocals, making the soundtrack a mix of songs performed by The Four Seasons as well as the cast without one really being able to hear when you are hearing ‘the real deal’. A choice that the movie clearly benefits from, as especially the group members deliver just as the excellent Walken (Hairspray, 2007) does. But the decision to have the actors occasionally break the fourth wall seems misplaced and often disturbs the story, while the previously mentioned bickering gets tiring. However, it does give a good insight into an unknown background of a well known group accompanied by great songs.
The actors sang live on set.
Picture copyrights: Warner Bros