In the year 1971, British folk singer Steve Tilston, then twenty one, was a promising talent. John Lennon of the Beatles fame wrote a letter to him, which he finally read thirty four years later.
Danny Collins is based on this true incident.
The film is all about Danny Collins (Al Pacino), who has been there, done that. He has seen it all – fame, money, adulation, everything that an artist could look forward to.
However, forty years later, Danny Collins, now an ageing singer, still has his audience eating out of his hands, but deep within, he is a lost soul.
As the film progresses, he receives a letter from John Lennon, which was written forty years ago. He abruptly gives up on drugs, decides to discard his bohemian lifestyle and is off to redeem himself.
He makes Woodcliff Lake Hilton in New Jersey his base, he sets out to undo all that he has left undone.
Danny Collins tries hard to patch up with his son Tom Donnelly (Bobby Cannavale), born out of a one night stand in the 70’s.
Tom now has a wife Samantha Leigh Donnelly (Jennifer Garner) and an extremely talkative daughter.
The beauty of the film is it’s narrative that’s linear, non-complicated, simple and seamless.
Al Pacino as Danny Collins, Annette Bening as Mary Sinclair, Jennifer Garner as Samantha Leigh Donnelly, Bobby Cannavale as Tom Donnelly, Christopher Plummer as Frank Grubman, Katarina Cas as Sophie, Giselle Eisenberg as Hope Donelly, Melissa Benoist as Jamie and Josh Peck as Nicky Ernst are all adorable.
However, the film belongs to Al Pacino, who is absolutely brilliant. He is intense, he is charismatic and last but not the least he is endearing and adorable.
Danny Collins is a film that has everything. It has a great script, moments that will make you cry and some amazing performances.
This one is a must watch.
Danny Collins is writer Dan Fogelman’s maiden directorial venture. It is a redemption story of an ageing rock star with an indulgent past. In the y...4.0