It’s the 1950’s and four young men are growing up and finding their places in the tough world of New Jersey. They’re streetwise, cocky, small time crooks, who are sometimes too aggressive and “devil may care” for their own good. Mostly though, all they want to do is sing and play music. They hang out together and are supremely loyal to each other. They form a singing group “The Four Lovers” then gradually become “The Four Seasons” lead by the unique voice of Franki Valli (played by John Lloyd Young), with Tommy DeVito (by Vincent Piazza), Nick Massi (by Michael Lomenda) and the outstanding song-writing talent of Bob Gaudio (by Erich Bergen). They get a recording contract and then record a few songs. Soon their music takes off and they become an international sensation. But relationships in the group become strained and their success isn’t enough to keep them going strong. The band faces challenges brought about by gambling debt, Mafia involvement and family tragedy. The future of the Four Seasons will depend on the strength of trust and respect between the members.
This movie sticks pretty faithfully to the storyline and direction of the Tony Award winning stage show “Jersey Boys”. It depicts the true story of the rise to fame of the singing group, The Four Seasons. The story is told through the eyes and commentary of Tommy DeVito and supported by a great soundtrack of their string of hits through the years. It’s an entertaining movie with solid performances by all involved. Christopher Walken plays Gyp DeCarlo strongly and overall the cast is well selected. The only tiny negative point comes when the Four Seasons are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, the “aged” makeup is dreadful. Overall it’s an enjoyable movie.
Made in 2014. Directed by Clint Eastwood.