You probably wouldn’t think of Clint Eastwood as the best choice to adapt a jukebox stage musical to the screen. And though he imbues the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with palpable atmosphere, he mistakenly concentrates on the group’s dramatically inert and unremarkable rags-to-riches-to-rags backstory.
Ultimately, like most filmed Broadway musicals, this one made me wish I was watching the stage show instead. Should have been dancing in the aisles rather than slogging through another behind-the-music soap opera. Put succinctly, while mildly diverting, this ain’t no Ray or Walk the Line. (134 min)