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  • Colin Powis
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    I have high hopes for this movie ; a period piece and music biopic  (1950’s-60’s)about a famous music group , Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons  , staring the great Chrisopher Walken and  from a beloved actor/director, CLINT EASTWOOD  ; a rags to riches success story from the entertainment industry that sure to strike a chord with those Academy voters …after all , they love movies about making movies and movies about the entertainment industry  because it strokes their egos and makes them feel important ; they can readily identify with the storyline in a movie such as this like they did with THE ARTIST 

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    ETPhoneHome
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    I really like the stage version when I saw it, and I’m curious about Eastwood directing a musical. I’ve never seen a film that he directed that I didn’t like (partly because I haven’t seen them all) but it seems like it wouldn’t be in his wheelhouse at all. I could see it having awards potential, because the oscars love musicals, and it would be my early pick for the comedy/musical globe. I would have to see it though, it looks good on paper but it could just as easily be a hot mess.

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    When I see Eastwood and Walken’s names on a project, I’m IN. Brickman wrote the screenplay for Annie Hall, Sleeper and Manhattan. Not shabby endorsements.

    A musical doesnt seem like a stretch for Eastwood. He’s a musical guy. His films almost always have a point as well.

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    Eastwood has directed musical biopics and music has always factored heavily into his films. That said, this is likely to be another routine or less film from this once great director who reached a high point with the brilliant Gran Torino, and has since then declined into mediocrity. He’s running on fumes at the moment.

    Musicals are complicated; Eastwood’s great work has been accomplished with minimal takes and speed in shooting. Not sure that’s a good mix.

    Hope to be wrong, but as someone who has been his biggest supporter here through Gran Torino, I’m not getting my hopes up. 

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    dude93
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    This strikes me as the kind of film that will get a Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars, a la Hathaway in Les Mis etc.

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    The musical is rousing enough, but it has a very “Behind the Music” feel to it, which will work for some people and turn others off. Hope that the screenplay can rise above some of the stage limitations. This seems like a very odd fit for for Clint Eastwood to direct, but I’m very curious and intrigued by the final effort. It’s very cool that they cast John Lloyd Young as lead (who won the Tony) when they could have done something heinous instead. I don’t think I could have stomached Zac Efron as Frankie Valli. Cautiously looking forward to seeing this film.

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    Jersey Boys is a musical in the sense that “Walk the Line” or “La Vie en Rose” were – it’s a biopic where musicians sing their songs. Virtually all of the music from Jersey Boys is them performing/recording/demo-ing, etc. It doesn’t have much in common with a traditional musical, and that is what makes it so successful. 

    A lot of the material could be taken in a fairly dark direction, and I sinserely hope this is what is done with it. I think Eastwood could be quite succesful with that approach. 

    John Lloyd Young concerns me though. He is almost 40, which strikes me as much to old for the role. 

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    Colin Powis
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    THAT’S CORRECT …it aint a musical like , say, Les Miz or Chicago , it’s a music biopic set in the 50’s 60’s  that’s sure to bring back fond memories for those older Academy voters ..if it’s done right it COULD win 

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    I would love to see Jersey Boys, Into the Woods and an acclaimed comedy battle it out at the Globes next year.

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    Vincent Yeoh (aka Vinny)
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    I too enjoyed Jersey Boys on the stage, but to me, this was more a feel-good kind of show. Yes, there were episodes when the boys faced challenges, but their music was always uplifting. I don’t expect nominations for anything other than costumes, art direction/set decoration, maybe sound. There was no need for big names in the cast since the material is so familiar and the director a household name as well. I expect good word of mouth to make this a summer smash, and the album sales will be phenomenal as well. Really looking forward to this. Should be pretty straightforward entertainment.

    Into the Woods, which i also love, is a different kettle of fish altogether. Acting nominations can be expected. The material is not as straightforward so how the movie is written will determine how the general public will love it. I’m actually looking forward to this one even more but at the same time, have greater reservations over its cinematic treatment. 
     

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    Jersey Boys vs. Inherent Vice vs. Into the Woods at the Golden Globes – awesome

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    I saw the broadway version when it first came out so I wil see the film.

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    The trailer is finally here!

    JERSEY BOYS TRAILER LINK

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    what happened to Clint Eastwood?

    I hope this doesn’t bomb, I love a good musical.

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    I learned long ago to ignore trailers as any indication of the quality of the a movie, but one concern – they sound more like The Chipmunks than The Four Seasons

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