Danny Collins Review
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the movie, Danny Collins , last night. Inspired by a true story, it is a story about a very wealthy aging rock star (played by Al Pacino) who goes through a major life transformation. While four decades of sex, drugs and rock and roll have brought him great fame and wealth, he finds himself just singing the same old songs and doing the same old things. He hasn't written a new song in decades and feels like he has lost all creativity.
But then his manager (played brilliantly by Christopher Plummer) gives him a birthday gift that changes his life. It is a signed, hand-written letter from John Lennon that he never received. It was written way back in 1971 and it was very inspiring. Danny Collins feels cheated that he never received the letter and feels like his life would have been profoundly different if he had received it back then.
The letter moves Collins so much that he decides to become a better person. To this end he tries to connect to a child he had many years ago that he had never met. This child, now a grown man, wants nothing to do with him.
It is through trying to reconnect to his lost son that Danny Collins transforms into a better person. I won't spoil what happens but I will say that it is very moving. Have some Kleenex on hand for this movie because you will cry tears of joy. It is a profoundly uplifting story.
Another thing I liked about the movie is that most of the music is from John Lennon and it is worked into the story perfectly.
I don't think I've ever seen Al Pacino give anything less than a stellar performance and this movie is no exception. Pacino is a true master of his craft. Additional robust performances were turned in by Christopher Plummer, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, and Bobby Cannavale. (And there is a little girl in the movie who is beyond delightful!)
There are no guns or killing or explosions or violence in the movie. No zombies, vampires or comic book super heroes. That's probably why it wasn't a huge box office hit. But it is truly a superb, well-made and well-acted movie that you will be glad you watched. I haven't been able to stop thinking about it. It's a movie that sticks with you.