Very very predictable, including the post credit scene !!!
Thanks for the memories!
The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.
Exactly the movie you think it is, but not the movie you want it to be.
Another wonderful Al Pacino film where he stars as an aging rock singer who wishes to seek meaning to his life when he discovers an autographed letter from John Lennon.Collins travels to New Jersey to meet his illegitimate son and his family. Kind-hearted, he meets immediate rejection by the son, nicely played by Bobby Carnivale. As the manager of the hotel, Annette Bening is completely unrecognizable and very effective as the straight-laced manager who comes to understand and appreciate Danny.Christopher Plummer, also very good, looks like he came out of a fitting for The Exorcist in a few scenes.This is a story of family, redemption and pulling together in crisis. A true winner all the way.
Danny Collins is an easy entertaining movie to watch. Seeing Al Pacino in a different role then we are used to was nice. Instead of his usual gangster mob scenes we see him now as a music idol that wasted his life on drugs, booze and easy women. After 40 years of that life he gets a letter from John Lennon that got lost before reaching him. This makes him realize his life could have been completely different. From then on he takes steps to try to turn around his life and to make things right. Al Pacino is charming and funny in his role as Danny Collins. The relation that he has or that he wants with Annette Bening is entertaining to watch. All in all Danny Collins is a nice feelgood movie, better then I expected it to be.
Al Pacino takes his weathered being to a different role. He is a rich rocker, left over from the 70's, who has managed to continue to sell out huge venues, even though he continues to march out the same tired songs that he did years before. I suppose Neil Diamond is a bit like this. That aside, one day he comes into possession of a letter that was supposed to have been delivered to him; it is a letter from John Lennon of the Beatles. It requests contact with Danny. However, some thirty years pass before his manager is able to get it for him as a birthday present. This leads him to try to make changes in his life. Two things seem to be at the center. First, he wants to return to songwriting, something he was good at once; secondly, he wishes to connect with his son whom he has never met. This is a rocky road and it is an interesting set of events that take place. He meets a manager of a Hilton Hotel, played by Annette Benning. He is attracted to her and a sort of soul connection develops. He has lived it up with booze, drugs, young women, and other indulgences, but now he has to exorcise those demons to move on. That is what the movie is about. By the way, the soundtrack is filled with wonderful John Lennon tunes.
On the surface this looks to be story of an aging rock star attempting to make up for his failure as a father. While this may be the movie's plot in a nutshell, it really is much more. This is a relatable tale about the nature of responsibility and the satisfaction that comes from the simpler things in life. Many people dream of the perfect life, one where they followed their dreams, one in which they never needed to grow old, boring and frustrated by everyday hassles. Here we have Danny Collins, a man whose life has been one of constant hedonism, a man perpetually reliving his heyday. Yet we see a frustrated man, bored of performing the same routine day in and day out. Inspired by a belated message from his idol, he seeks out the life he neglected and the family he failed. Through His experience we see that maturity is something we all need to face while accepting we can't always stay young brings about new inspiration and a clearer sense of the things we really value. Of course no-one really wants to let go of their youth, some are fortunate enough that they can earn their living by doing so. Whatever your situation, finding the balance between staying young and growing up is always a challenge. Danny Collins's story may be an extreme example of this dilemma but there's a part of him we can all relate to in some way. The challenge of responsibility offers rewards far greater than the shallow pleasures of instant gratification. The good times don't stay good if you never move forward. Sometimes it's the simple things that mean the most.