Movie Review -- 'Jersey Boys' Hits Highs, But Carries Tune Too Long
Posted by Angie Newgren on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Angie Newgren / June 30, 2014 Comment
Last week I went to see Jersey Boys. I had my doubts about this film, but a friend said to me, "Jersey Boys is my favorite musical. We have to go see this film." And so I humored him to go check it out. Luckily I wasn't expecting too great of a film or I would have been more disappointed than expected. Well to start off, Jersey Boys is not what I consider a musical. I have not seen the Broadway version of it, but I was thrown off by not seeing characters randomly break out in song, something I was looking forward to seeing. The film is officially described as being "based off" of the Broadway musical. So if they are not the same thing, why name them the same? So although there weren't any musical numbers featured, there was plenty of music. After all it is a story that dedicates itself to all things related to the Four Seasons. The movie showed them playing on stage for plenty of songs. All of their hit songs were played from start to finish, at least once. This was probably the most enjoyable part of the film. I actually found myself clapping along with the in-film audience after their performances. So what went wrong? When I mentioned before that the movie dedicated itself to all things Four Seasons, I mean all things. The movie went on for two and a half hours, which felt overdone. I can pick out a few unnecessary scenes and side stories which could have easily been cut just to shorten the film by 45 minutes -- then this might have been a happier review.