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Danny Collins

Danny Collins

Movie
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In Theatres: 
Apr 03, 2015
Grade:
B+
Running Time: 
106 minutes

There’s always been the notion that money and fame changes a person. Many young musicians oftentimes claim they’re the exception but then due to various reasons fall into the downward spiral of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Is it ever too late to change, though? Inspired by a true story, Danny Collins explores that possibility with a singer who does a 180 on his life when his manager gives him a 40-year-old letter from John Lennon that makes him rethink his choices and want to become a better person.

 

Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is a rocker who spent the majority of his younger years living the high life doing whatever he wanted. Now that he’s much older he starts to question his lavish lifestyle, but it isn’t until an undelivered letter from John Lennon telling him that fame and fortune doesn’t have to affect your music writing that Danny actually starts to take the necessary steps to change his life and start writing again. More importantly, he also want to reconnect with the son he’s never met and try to mend those bridges. Sometimes it really is better to be late than never.

 

Al Pacino gives his best performance in recent memory as the rockstar looking to turn his life around. He easily has that larger-than-life persona that captures the mega millionaire Danny Collins, but there’s also a sweetness and tenderly love underneath his hardened outside that makes him such an interesting character. He makes it easy to sympathise with a character who has done his fair share of despicable things, but in the end wants to make it right.

 

The film also features a strong supporting cast consisting of Christopher Plummer, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, and Bobby Cannavale as Collins’ son. The film isn’t afraid of being humorous one minute and then getting serious the next. It’s the story of one man’s journey for redemption and explores both the good and the bad. Ultimately it’s an uplifting and family friendly film, but that doesn’t stop it from being mature when it needs to be.

Matt Rodriguez
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