Danny Collins is sheer vapid. Everything a good drama should not be.
I went into the theatres with high hopes for this one, being a big Pacino fan. But boy I came out disappointed. It is a movie that wastes its hours on mediocrity, sometimes goes into the abyss of clumsiness and pointless melodrama. It stays away from profundity and lacks the luster of sentience. It was like watching a bunch of random guys act animatedly, to words that had no direction and that were headed nowhere. Screenplay so mediocre! It was like listening to random people talk. Humor was pathetic too.
Danny Collins began on a great note but then slowly died down as it stumbled with its poor script. The movie seemed to open with a strong musical backdrop but unfortunately it didn’t even skim its surface. Lennon is only a reference. Even the transition of Danny doesn’t exhilarate you. It is a very slow paced movie that simply scrambles towards the finish line without packing a good redemption.
If we try to focus on the good, the beginning bit with Nick Offerman was quite exceptional. Annette does a fair job with her role. Giselle Eisenberg is the cutest thing, who makes your heart melt with her sweet voice. Also the song that Danny seems to be penning turns out pretty good. Sometimes you could almost see the subtlety of Fogelman’s direction when he manifests fingers knocking on the door even when there was a doorbell. Danny’s disregard for his life and his decision to do what his audience loved was also brilliantly shown.
The fact that a lot of people knew Danny Collins was overused and eventually it just became sad. At the end it just seemed like a story heading towards a blank. There wasn’t truly any inspiration. Barely a decision that got cashed out for a change. You could almost tell why this movie had Annette Bening, Josh Peck, Giselle, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Plummer – simply to spice things up and make things interesting.
I would only recommend it if you wish to see a movie where things don’t go dark or grim and that is strewn with mediocre pleasantries.