Jersey Boys is the story of the 1960’s rock band the Four Seasons. The film follows the lives of the members from before they were part of the band up until they are inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame.
The film has an interesting start. It centers around four guys who always seem to be doing whatever they can make a quick dollar, and they always seem to be getting into trouble. The movie breaks the fourth wall in a sense, as there are times when the characters are talking straight to the camera as if the are talking to you. There is a small mob element in the beginning which is interesting but unfortunately it doesn’t really carry through to the rest of the film.
The first act of the film moves at a nice pace, as we are introduced the main characters, and it takes us from them being 4 down on their luck guys, to a famous rock band. The second act, however, seems to slow down quite a bit, even though this is based on a true story, you can’t exactly change the events in order to make it more exciting but I feel they could have worked on the pacing, in order to keep it a bit less boring.
The film mainly focuses on Frankie Valli, who was arguably the star of the band. We seem to rush through his life and the events taking place, making it a bit hard to keep up understand how much time has passed between one thing or another. We also don’t get to find out too much about the other band members bar one other.
This film is also unnecessarily long, which unfortunately translates to parts of the film being drawn out for no reason, where shooting certain scenes which of made the film far more exciting, but instead it ended up being a bit boring. They tried to fit too much in instead of just focusing on what was important.
The actors that they got to play the main roles did an ok job. You can see that they weren’t experienced actors, but it’s easier to teach a singer to act than an actor to sing. So certain emotions and situations were hitting home as much as they should of because of the performances. We also don’t really end up connecting with any of the characters. Normally you would want to be rooting for the main character and hoping everything works out, but in this you’re just watching it happen instead of it pulling you in. There were certain elements that they could have played on more in order to make it a bit more a gripping film, but sadly they just let them pass by the wayside.
So if you’re a big fan of the Four Seasons this might be one for you, but otherwise I wouldn’t recommend going out of your way for this one.