Movie Review – Danny Collins

Danny Collins

Danny Collins
Directed by Dan Fogelman
2015
available on Amazon Prime

Danny Collins (Al Pacino) is a 1970’s rock star who achieved stardom at a very young age. He has lived a rock star’s life, continually touring, doing drugs, and keeping a long string of young, beautiful girlfriends. His audience has aged with him and he still sings the same songs. When his manager (Christopher Plummer) finds an undelivered letter written 40 years ago to Collins by John Lennon, Collins decides to start living his life with meaning. He embarks on a heartfelt journey to rediscover family, find true love, and nurture his creativity.

Al Pacino played the aging rock star role so well, it is now making me question real concert tours with aging rock stars and why they are doing it. He was so believable as a lost puppy trying to find his way home without knowing what home meant. Annette Bening plays Mary Sinclair, a middle aged hotel manager that resists Collins’ charms knowing that he is floundering. The banter between Pacino and Bening seems genuine and is entertaining. The storyline seems fresh and unpredictible.

I love the premise that one letter, written by the right person of course and read at the right time, can change someones life so dramatically. Had that been an email or tweet from Lennon, it would’ve either been lost (deleted) or the authenticity questioned. Somehow, the letter seemed genuine and Lennon’s (the great sage) advice seemed enlighted. I found the movie charming, funny, and entertaining.

IMDB gave it a 7.0 out of 10. I am leaning more toward an 8.5.

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