Clint Eastwood's JERSEY BOYS to Start Screening in Asia 7/16
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times says, "JERSEY BOYS is a strange movie, and it's a Clint Eastwood enterprise, both reasons to see it. For those with a love of doo-wop, it also provides a toe-tapping, ear-worming stroll down rock 'n' roll memory lane that dovetails with that deeply cherished American song and dance about personal triumph over adversity through hard work, tough times and self-sacrifice. It's a redemption narrative that's got a good beat, and you can dance to it."
"...by the time it hits its first real Broadway-style production number over the closing credits, "Jersey Boys" doesn't seem to have gotten any closer to deciding what kind of movie it wants to be. Embracing neither the fizzy energy of a Vegas-ready tuner, nor the grit of a warts-and-all biopic, the film nonetheless has its own peculiar charms, and should be able to capitalize on the source material's enduring popularity for a respectable if modest B.O. Haul," notes Andrew Barjer of Variety.
Budgeted at $38M, Clint Eastwood's Jersey Boys, which highlights the performances of Tony winner John Lloyd Young as Valli and "Boardwalk Empire's" Vincent Piazza as DeVito, opened in the United States in nearly 3,000 theaters over the weekend of June 20, 2014, which took in a disappointing $13.5M. According to a previous report on BroadwayWorld, the film's storytelling is skewed toward a much older cinema-going demographic. Warner Bros. also faced criticism over its decision to debut the film during the summer months.
However, the film's soundtrack appeals the most to both the fans of the musical and curious cinemagoers; its soundtrack album reached the top 3 on Amazon.com on the week of June 28, 2014.