16 Jul '14, 9am

The film adaptation of the award-winning jukebox musical Jersey Boys is pleasingly square and forgettable

The film adaptation of the award-winning jukebox musical Jersey Boys is pleasingly square and forgettable

Imagine Goodfellas without much in the way of stakes, and you’ll get Clint Eastwood’s pleasingly square and forgettable adaptation of the award-winning jukebox musical, which charts the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Like the stage show, the story is told through the eyes of each of the band members – Frankie Valli (Young), Tommy DeVito (Piazza), Nick Massi (Lomenda) and Bob Gaudio (Bergen) – each talking directly to camera. It’s a half-arsed gimmick that Eastwood and his screenwriters deploy haphazardly (Valli doesn’t even get his turn until the dewy-eyed final scene). This fits the mood of the movie, though, which comes off like one of those meandering reminiscences you indulge in during a family get-together. The band has a colourful history that involves money mismanagement, mob ties (Christopher Walken bringing his inimitable style to gangster Gy...

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