Friday, July 18, 2014

The Jersey Boys Movie: Why I Loved It

Three Reasons Why I Loved the Jersey Boy Movie

I went to see the movie "The Jersey Boys" at Regal Spartan Stadium 16 , not knowing what to expect. After all, not all biographical musicals are of good quality. What I did know, is that I love The Four Season's music, so I went in open minded and ready to revisit my youth. I am a baby-boomer, born in 1961, and I grew up during the 60's and 70's and until this day, I love "the oldies" as we refer to them. The movie rated R, contains some offensive language, although thankfully no nudity, and very little violence. This is why I only rate it as four stars. Other than the colorful language, I love the movie "The Jersey Boys" for the following reasons.

The Jersey Boys Movie was Educational for Me
Though I had heard all of The Four Season's songs in the sixties and seventies, and liked their songs, I did not know the history behind their formation. Jersey Boys begins by establishing the boys were friends from the start, a typical garage band aspiring to "make it big!" Although, they were from the wrong side of the tracks, they learned a code of honor on the streets of Jersey. Their respect and love for each other helped them remain friends through Mafia threats, betrayal, financial debt, and problems with family.

Frankie Valli, played so well by John Lloyd Young, was the lead character in the movie. I gained an understanding of what Valli had to sacrifice in order to pursue his dream. That was his first wife and three girls of course; one of each was a stepchild. Too often, that is what happens with the stress of achieving fame. In addition, I did not realize that Valli's daughter Francine died of a drug overdose in 1980. Valli was married two more times and had more children, which I do not remember seeing in the movie. I only found this out after seeing the movie through additional research. In addition, I found it interesting to learn that several in the group had frequented prison for reasons such as skipping out of a hotel without paying, running up huge tax debt as well as racking up debt to a loan shark.

Revisited My Youth through the Jersey Boys Songs
Hearing all of the Four Season's songs again in the movie evoked many memories and emotions from my youth. I actually felt young again after the movie! For a little over two hours, joyfully whisked back in years, I escaped reality! I was thoroughly entertained and lost in the story of The Four Seasons! Bravo to Clint Eastwood for producing another well put together film! The movie felt more to me like a quality documentary rather than a musical. This made the movie more enjoyable for me!

The Movie Inspired Me To Research Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons
After viewing The Jersey Boys movie, I have been learning more about Valli and The Four Seasons on my own. I have found out more interesting facts about their background. I consider myself a lifetime learner, and anything that inspires me to search out new things excites me!

Seeing The Jersey Boys movie was certainly worth more than the $7.50 I paid to spend a few hours with a legendary group who was instrumental in launching the best rock-and-roll music to date!

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