What a spectacular way to close the LA Film Festival 2014, with none other than Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys. Is it phony nostalgia or truly of interest. I believe it to be the latter, as the story, based on the Broadway stage musical smash hit, is nothing of 'cookie cutter' quality, but rather distinctive and unique, credibly portraying each member of what would become the group 'The Four Seasons,' (John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli; Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito; Johnnie Cannizzaro as Nick DeVito; and the formidable Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio). This 'juke box musical' is more or less a true story about a legendary group, whose roots were in the gritty streets of Newark, New Jersey.
This beautiful musical portrayal, directed by Clint Eastwood, and written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, focuses on the heartthrob band that took America by storm, and features popular hits, such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Rag Doll," and "Oh, What A Night." John Lloyd Young impeccably captures Valli's voice; Christopher Walken perfectly portrays a gentleman mobster. Overall, the film portrays the complex lives each of these characters led, incorporating both the amazing professional successes, as well as devastating personal tragedies. The final scene profoundly shows Frankie, narrating: "It was the best time he ever had with the Four Seasons, before their success, when everything was still ahead of us and it was just four guys singing under a street lamp." Appropriately, the film's clever tag line is "Everyone remembers it how they need to..."