So…fairly shortly after it came out into the theaters, I saw the film Jersey Boys with my roommate. Now, I will admit, I don’t listen to Frankie Valli, or any of the old Four Season’s records often. I know the music, it’s just not in my iTunes repertoire. I also had never seen the Broadway show before seeing the film, so I was basically just going in totally blind. I had no idea what it would be about, who it was about (despite the Tony win…I know…I’m a bad Broadway nerd) or anything about it. I was only sort of excited about seeing it when I approached the theatre. However, with amazing music, incredible acting and a fantastic cinematography style and story, I’m SO glad I went to see it.
I will definitely be purchasing the soundtrack. The music was worth the price of admission. Given that I had never heard the Broadway show soundtrack, I don’t know what songs were missing or if they were in the right place or anything, I just know I loved the music and it really added to the film. I felt like I could very well have been sitting in a bar where they were playing that night. I really appreciate that the used the Broadway actor who played Frankie Valli, he’s incredibly talented and his voice is just flawless. You can tell he’s classically trained and knows how to use and protect his voice. They don’t make them like that anymore. That’s what my roommate and I kept saying on our way home from the movie. Music like that, where it was innocent (or at least it sounded it at first) and told a story in 4 minutes or less is incredibly rare these days and it makes me weep for the music industry.
The acting was superb. The roles called for scenes of intense conflict, thick accents, and chemistry of incredible camaraderie. All four actors were impressive but I was most impressed with Christopher Walken of all people and the actors who played Frankie, and Tommy DeVito. I don’t assume that anyone will get an Oscar nomination for this one, basically based on the time of year that it was released but I remain optimistic that they will be recognized somehow.
The writing and the story was gripping and engaging. I was never bored and I never felt like I didn’t know what was going on. It was nice to be able to follow the story without knowing a lot about the band and having never seen the show. The film tells the story of four boys from the wrong side of New Jersey who become the men who form the iconic group the Four Seasons. I never would have thought that the group would have had such a complicated and violent past. It tells of their struggles with money, trust and intense lies ad betrayal. I will definitely be looking for a book that tells the story in even greater detail, because now, I’m hooked.
If you haven’t seen the movie yet and it’s still playing at a theatre near you, do yourself a favor and go see it. It’s an incredible story with amazing acting and music. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable movie and I hope it gets recognized as such. I hope you enjoyed my review and keep Sifting Through Shelves!
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