“Jersey Boys”: Nothing More Than Nice

In principle, I want every movie of a Broadway musical to succeed. But I’m starting to have my doubts about Clint Eastwood’s imminent version of “Jersey Boys.” Alonso Duralde provides the Wrap: ‘If you’re a fan of harmonic 1960s pop, or cars with fins, Jersey Boys will provide a nice evening out at the movies. It’s entertaining. It’s all the positive adjectives that mean ‘not terrible but ultimately negligible.’ It fulfills the duties of a jukebox musical: it works in the hits, and it casts singers who make those hits sound virtually identical to the original versions. What the movie doesn’t do is answer the question, ‘Why did I just spend 134 minutes watching the Frankie Valli episode of Behind the Music?’”

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