EVERYBODY REMEMBERS IT HOW THEY NEED TO.
Another great Broadway success reaches the big screen, in the hands of a man who’s always shown great interest in music. The story of the rise and fall of The Four Seasons and what their connection to the New Jersey mob looked like is told through the perspectives of its members. A bit episodic and flat at times, with a look that’s typical of Clint Eastwood’s recent films but not necessarily the best choice for this musical; the end credits display an energy that’s largely missing from the film. Still, Christopher Walken is fun as an old mobster and the music, as well as tensions within the group, are engaging. Nice period feel.
2014-U.S. 134 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Clint Eastwood. Screenplay, Book: Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice. Cast: John Lloyd Young (Frankie Valli), Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio), Michael Lomenda (Nick Massi), Vincent Piazza (Tommy DeVito), Christopher Walken, Mike Doyle.
Trivia: Co-executive produced by Brett Ratner and Frankie Valli. Young played Valli also in the original stage production. Jon Favreau was allegedly considered as director.