Jersey Boys review
Let me get all of the little moans out of the way so I can end on a high, because Jersey Boys doesn't deserve to get a bad review. First of all, there's no real scenery to speak off. They wheel out a few tables and chairs and the odd piano, but that's about it. They drop down some neon lights every now and then to let you know where the action is... a big cross for a church, a copper for the police station... the neon signs make it look like an American jukebox joint. All slicked back hair and Shawaddywaddy jackets... very 1960s.
But who cares! It's all about the tunes isn't it, and there are bazillions of them. I was surprised at how many I recognised because I didn't even know who Frankie Valli was. I couldn't have named you a single Four Seasons hit before I sat down, but now I know about fifty — this guy did some of the best tunes around. I might go out and buy his CD tomorrow.
Once the main songwriter comes in it starts to liven up. The second half is basically just a big karaoke session with one top tune after another. They do a few songs concert-style as well, with the audience playing the part of the crowd. I like the way that you get to hear big chunks of them too, and not just little snippets. So if you love Frankie Valli then you will love this. And if you love 60s tunes, then you'll probably love it too. Let me put it this way — it made me want to go out and buy a Frankie Valli CD, and I'm in my thirties.
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