Way back in the 1950’s there were in New Jersey four young men who loved music. Their lead singer was extraordinary with a most unusual and captivating voice. But breaking into the music business was then as it remains today an extremely difficult task even with exceptional talent. So these four young men also dabbled a bit in crime and were even helped out some by a local Mafia Don. Eventually they found a song writer who joined them. The group changed its name to the Four Seasons inspired by a local bowling alley and their very first giant hit “Sherry” was soon released and quickly soared to the top of the charts. Click here to listen and enjoy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sJCYeG6be8. And so begins the simply amazing film “Jersey Boys” from Academy Award winner, super star and brilliant director Clint Eastwood.
Essentially devoid of runaway special effects this film is based upon real life, real passion and amazing if troubled talent. As presented by a cast that richly deserves Oscar recognition and includes Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito, John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Steve Schirripa as Vito and Christopher Walken as Gyp DeCarlo. It was Directed by Clint Eastwood and even had Frankie Valli on board as Executive Producer.
What this extraordinary film so artfully presents is a bond of honor between four young men, a bond that sees them through some very difficult times. As the story unfolds each new sequence captures your heart and mind and you cannot help but to marvel at the strength of the team and the brilliance of their talent. From opening scenes to closing credits I was totally riveted to the visions and sounds before me like no other movie in recent history. By the end my eyes were wet and my heart was beating hard. It brought me back through my very own life as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons were a huge part of my early years in Junior High School and High School.
I could easily prattle on but it comes down to the simple fact that “Jersey Boys” is one they best films ever made. In a very rare event virtually the entire audience applauded at the end of the show and remained seated for the entire credit roll. If “Jersey Boys” does not win at the very least one Oscar I will never believe anything the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ever says again. Now I am off to watch it again this time with my entire family. You too should spend a couple of hours with this great film, it will move you deeply precisely because it doesn’t have pretense but rather stays focused on real, gifted and talented if flawed people as they influence millions of others while remaining true to their personal bonds of honor. To the entire cast and crew of “Jersey Boys” I salute you.
Copyright 2014 Ron Irwin