Jersey Boys (film di Clint Eastwood del 2014)

JERSEY BOYS è l’ennesima grande regia di Clint Eastwood, che diresse il film nel 2014.

Tratto da una storia realmente accaduta tra spettacolo e dramma, in cui i ragazzi del titolo sono di origine italiana: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi e Tommy De Vito aspirano a diventare musicisti e ci riusciranno formando i Four Seasons, autentica icona per almeno un decennio nel corso del quale mietono innumerevoli successi grazie alla vena compositiva di Gaudio, il carisma di Valli e, secondo le malelingue, il sostegno della mafia. Una cavalcata tra gioie e dolori, focalizzati soprattutto su Frankie: il suo turbolento matrimonio, la figlia aspirante musicista morta giovanissima, i conflitti all’interno del gruppo accentuati dai pesanti debiti accumulati dal lascivo Tommy che inevitabilmente distruggono il giocattolo, finché molti anni dopo i quattro si ritrovano attempati ad essere insigniti di un riconoscimento che li introduce nel Gotha della musica. Una buona occasione per mettere una pietra sopra i vecchi dissapori e scambiarsi un sincero abbraccio.

Clint Eastwood non era il regista designato di JERSEY BOYS, ma alla fine rimpiazzò Jon Favreau, attingendo dal musical di Marshall Brickman e Rick Elice del 2006, assegnando ad attori poco noti i ruoli dei Four Seasons. Tra l’altro il Joe Pesci che appare nel film è proprio colui che molti anni dopo diventerà un un grande attore e proprio col nome di un componente del gruppo Tommy De Vito, personaggio di QUEI BRAVI RAGAZZI con cui vincerà l’oscar da attore non protagonista. Al resto pensano grandi e intramontabili canzoni quali Can’t take my eyes off you, Sherry, Rag doll, Walk like a man, Who loves you e Dawn, tra le tante. Eastwood aveva già unificato musica e dramma in BIRD nel 1988, ma per l’occasione ottiene una trama più avvincente, scorrevole, ottenendo il massimo dalla storia di artisti controversi, brillanti e mai banali, aiutato in questo dal sopracitato Brickman, premio oscar per la sceneggiatura originale di IO E ANNIE di Woody Allen.

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