“Jersey Boys” is the film adaptation of the Tony Award winning stage production of the same name. In the hands and through the creative interpretation of Clint Eastwood, I was almost a little worried that the screen legend would not be able to portray ‘joy’ through his directing as the screen actor is known for his serious roles and existing dramas he has directed and produced. I could not have been more wrong. Clint Eastwood knows how to portray joy, and well.
Following the story of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons, John Lloyd Young who was hand picked by Valli himself to portray him, returns to the role that he originated on Broadway. Together with his band mates, Tommy DeVito played by Vincent Piazza, Nick Massi played by Michael Lomenda and Bob Gaudio played by Erich Bergen, we are told four different side of a story on how the band came together and how these men bonded, for better and worse.
Although the film is based on the stage musical production, the film is great enough to stand on it’s own as it’s own tribute to the legendary band. I do not believe you need to have seen the stage production to appreciate this film as both are beautiful interpretations and tributes to their lives, but if you CAN catch the stage show, I would strongly urge for you to do so as well as the stage counterpart is much better. As for this film, all I can say is that I’ve seen Jersey Boys on stage 4 times, and I loved this film. Go see it if you can!