"Danny Collins" is a comedy directed by Dan Fogelman. It stars Al Pacino, Annette Benning, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer. The MPAA rating is R for language, drug use and some nudity and the running time is 106 minutes. The film's budget is 10 million and the box office revenue is 7,5 million.
BEFORE THE MOVIE:
I love Al Pacino. He is a great actor. I've heard that Danny Collins is Pacino's best movie in YEARS! And the song "Hey Baby Doll what's going on?" was being sung by Kristian Harloff on the Schmoes Know podcast so that should mean the movie's good. Unfortunately, the movie was a commercial failure BUT a critical success. Let's see.
AFTER THE MOVIE:
Well, it looks like I had a blast with Danny Collins. It was a fun, entertaining movie and it brings Al Pacino back from making such atrocities like "The Humbling". Here are my in-depth thoughts on it:
First off, the movie shines on (you crazy diamond) in performances. Al Pacino is fantastic and it looked like he had a lot of fun during the making of the film (Check out Al Pacino Greek Theater on Youtube) and it really shows. He can be really funny, but also really emotional and the comedy-drama balance is nicely done and the tone is nice. But in my opinion, the best performance in this movie is Christopher Plummer. It's really nice to see him back on screen, especially in one moment where he speaks to Bobby Cannavalle. That scene brought me down to tears and was held perfectly. Jennifer Garner and Bobby Cannavalle are great and Annette Bening is good, but then again, nothing to mention.
The "Hey Baby Doll" song is, right now, the best original song of 2015, and hopefully, will AT LEAST get some award consideration. It will etch in my head forever and will be this year's "Let It Go" or "Everything Is Awesome". There is also one recurring joke regarding dinner and IT'S HILARIOUS. It's actually one of the few recurring jokes that work in a film. So props to that! During the middle of the credits, there is an interview with the "Real" Danny Collins, so stay for the mid-credit scene.
On the negative side, the little girl in this movie is utterly ANNOYING! She litterally screams EVERY SINGLE LINE and I found that uber-annoying (Even though her character has ADHD, she was overracting and gave me a headache.). Also, there is a convenient plot-point in the movie (Reminded me of THE GUNMAN) that is waaaay too convenient and predictable.
But then again, SEE IT!