Monday, July 6, 2015

Danny Collins - Al Pacino

Al Pacino stars in the title role in “Danny Collins.”

From left: Al Pacino is "Danny Collins"; "Unfinished Business"; Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts in "While We're Young"; Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in "Get Hard."

Christopher Plummer, left, Al Pacino and Katarina Cas in “Danny Collins.” (Hopper Stone/Hopper Stone, SMPSP) (Hopper Stone/Hopper Stone, SMPSP)

 I just LOVED this little film!
there is no one who could have made a bigger mess of himself than Pacino playing
concerts to his aging fans, dressed like he's always dressed as a rock star,
and still make you love him.

At his birthday party he is given a letter written to him 

which has only recently been discovered, from John Lennon,
this never-before seen letter
 lights a fire under the aging pop star (Al Pacino) 
who's grown weary of life on the road. 

Inspired by the decades-old missive, 
Danny Collins decamps to the Hilton in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, 
where he sparks with the hotel's manager (Annette Bening) 
while on a mission to reconnect with his son (Bobby Cannavale), whom he's never met,  and daughter-in-law (Jennifer Garner). 
And, a grand-daughter who is a sky-rocket in her own right.

The actors are a cinematic dream team, 

with Pacino and Bening, in particular, 
crafting something lovely and true out of this redemption saga. 
And just when you think you know what's coming next, 
writer/director Dan Fogelman springs a few bittersweet surprises.

It's certainly worth a couple of hours of your time 

and you'll laugh out loud at the situations.


1 comment:

Trudye said...

Just watched this over the long weekend,too! Loved this little gem of a film! This ensemble cast really plays well together!
Yes, this is a good way to beat the summer heat!
Also, loved your Pacific NW series. It is such a breathtakingly beautiful part of our country! So happy you got to get away! T xx