So, I was able to get to the theater to watch Jersey Boys. I happened to see the preview for the film when I went to see X-Men: Days of Future Past a couple weeks ago.
I wasn't familiar with any of the main actors, but later learned that the main character Frankie Valli (played by John Lloyd Young), along with several other main actors, were/are stars on Broadway. I'm a huge fan of people that come from Broadway and transfer their abilities to the big screen. I think they make the best actors.
Also, with Clint Eastwood involved, I knew that it was going to be good. And this film didn't disappoint. I thought that it was fantastic, and John Lloyd Young nailed the part of Frankie Valli. His voice, and the acting was great. All the mannerisms were spot on. However, not to discredit the rest of the cast, because all of the actors played their respective parts incredibly.
The film had plenty of humor, which is something that I was hoping would be intertwined within the dramatic segments. It is a perfect amount though—it's definitely not overdone. The story (so I've read) is accurate according to sources that I've read. However, there are some liberties the film took with various clips, but isn't that expected?
I also thought the dialogue was great, and the play on words with "Big Girls Don't Cry" and a few other things were perfectly placed. There is drama with relationships, intense arguments between band members, and plain ol' humor. I think that it is an accurate depiction of what life is really like as a music star. All of what is shown is also expected with a "Rock N' Roll" band (seeing as how they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990).
I don't want to spoil too much of the film for those that haven't seen it, but I would highly recommend this film to anyone and everyone. Although critics have given it an average rating, I think that it is better than the reviews have credited it. Also, it hasn't done well in the box office with just over $16 million made when it took the film $40 million to make.
So yes, it does seem like this film (from stats) would be subpar, but I would give this film a solid 7/10.