Danny Collins

Danny Collins

Dan Fogelman (2015)

102min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Al Pacino does his best work in years playing the fading rock star of the title, who takes a sentimental journey after receiving a letter from John Lennon - four decades after it was sent. Perhaps it's because Pacino, like his character, is an icon of the 1970s and knows what it means to live with a public persona. Collins has lost himself in his later years - led astray by drink, drugs and fan expectations - but writer/director Dan Fogelman (who scripted Crazy, Stupid, Love.) leavens his crisis with wry humour. Collins's laughter in the face of misfortune prompts concern from his manager (a cheekily dour Christopher Plummer) and from buttoned-up hotelier Annette Bening, who provides a room and piano to facilitate his creative rebirth. It's a joy to watch the mischievous banter between them, and their gradually developing bond. But that relationship is overtaken by Collins's efforts to get to know his son (Bobby Cannavale, with Jennifer Garner as his dewy-eyed wife), prompting predictable outbursts and emotional outpourings. Thankfully, Collins keeps his sense of humour, and Pacino even outshines his razzle-dazzle zoot suits.

Summary

An ageing rock star continues to live out the wild lifestyle of his youth, while stagnating as an artist. When his manager discovers a letter written to him by John Lennon 40 years previously, it inspires him to change, and he abandons a tour to seek fresh inspiration and reconnect with his estranged son. Comedy drama, starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner and Christopher Plummer.

Cast & Crew

Danny Collins Al Pacino
Mary Sinclair Annette Bening
Samantha Leigh Donnelly Jennifer Garner
Tom Donnelly Bobby Cannavale
Frank Grubman Christopher Plummer
Guy DeLoach Nick Offerman
Nicky Josh Peck
Sophie Katrina Cas
Hope Donnelly Giselle Eisenberg
Jamie Melissa Benoist
Dr Ryan Kurtz Scott Lawrence
Director Dan Fogelman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 29 May 2015
Drama Comedy