Danny Collins (2015)
Danny Collins (Al Pacino) has been a famous singer for many decades. Approaching the twilight of his career, Danny is given a letter from John Lennon that was written to him back in the 1970s. In the letter, John tells him to be true to himself and his music and includes his personal phone number. This causes Danny to wonder how different his life would have been had he received the letter back when it was written. With a new view on the life he has remaining, Danny decides to run off to a New Jersey hotel to make new music and reconnect when his son.
On the surface, Danny Collins seems like a silly comedy surrounding a washed up singer trying to reclaim old fame, but it doesn’t take long before you see a movie about a man who realizes his priorities in life were always backwards. He figures out that his life has always been about the money and fame, but now he wants to use the money and fame to benefit other people who need it – namely his son. His grown son, who wants nothing to do with him, lives in New Jersey, and instead of going on yet another tour, Danny decides to set up camp near his son in hopes to create a relationship that they never had. Danny is happier than he as ever been, and he seems to make everyone around him happier too, even his granddaughter. His son isn’t so sure about why Danny is around, but you begin to see that Danny has good intentions.
Sure there might not be anything new with this story, but Danny Collins has realistic characters and likeable actors to make an enjoyable and touching movie. I believe that because of Al Pacino and the story with his son, more men will enjoy this movie than had the story been female driven, but since this movie ultimately is a touching family movie, the ladies will love it just as much (especially the granddaughter.) At the end of the day, Danny Collins shines due to the familiar faces playing likeable roles. The family bonding story is one that no one can hate. Co-starring Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale, Jennifer Garner, Christopher Plummer and Josh Peck.
7/10 Stars – Sweet and touching, nothing special or new, but entertaining and enjoyable!