The next logical movie from the director of Unforgiven, Mystic River, and The Outlaw Josie Wales hits theaters this weekend. Riding into the box office this weekend with guns blazing is Jersey Boys– a musical/biopic/Broadway sensation about The Four Seasons. It makes total sense.
Most people will first think of westerns with the name Clint Eastwood gets mentioned, but as a director, Clint Eastwood has worked on a wide array of genre specific movies. One of his most critically acclaimed works early on in his directing career was Bird– a biopic about jazz musician Charlie Parker.
Eastwood has hit another level in the last 15 years as a director. He’s choosing projects with care and turning in memorable films at every turn. In the last ten years he has helmed the following:
Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, Flags of our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Invictus, J. Edgar
Nothing but Oscar winners, Oscar nominated pictures, and fantastic performances from A-List level talent.
While Jersey Boys is a bit of a departure for Eastwood from his most recent work, this is a culmination of all of the stylistic choices he has made throughout his career. Tackling a new genre (musical) and telling personal stories about bold characters from American history (as seen in Bird and J. Edgar) is nothing new to Eastwood; he’s just using singing voices as weapons instead of six-shooters.
What is it about: The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
Should you see it: This will be like nothing else you see this summer. No aliens to fight or monsters destroying cities. Jersey Boys was a smash hit on Broadway and this movie has been in pre-production for some time. If you want a break from kids movies or adventure CGI blockbusters, this is the perfect fit for this weekend.
Judge for yourself: