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Review: Danny Collins


As the sun goes down earlier and earlier in the evening, it’s definitely the start of film season and as it’s also getting colder, the perfect time for an amazing movie, a cosy chair/sofa/bed and one good cup of tea.

Danny Collins DVD_3D

On Monday (5th October), Entertainment One will release romantic comedy drama Danny Collins starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer on DVD. Directed by Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love, Last Vegas) I had to find out what that one is all about, because I loved (who didn’t?) Crazy Stupid Love.

Al Pacino and Christopher Plummer in DANNY COLLINS photo credit Hopper Stone DC_00019_R

Inspired by a true story, Al Pacino stars as aging 1970s rocker Danny Collins, who can’t give up his hard-living ways. But when his manager (Christopher Plummer) uncovers a 40 year-old undelivered letter written to him by John Lennon (as you do!), he decides to change course and embarks on a journey to rediscover his family, find true love and have another go at it all. Leaving his million dollar mansion to take up residency at the Hilton, he soon warms to hotel manager, Mary (Annette Bening), who’s not quite as smitten with him but seems to love the admiration and I suppose it helps that Pacino simply doesn’t give up.

As part of the storyline, he also takes it upon himself to build a relationship with his son, who prefers to see the backside of his dad rather than the front, but somehow struggles to get rid of him again. Following a number of mistakes as he tries to make things right and fails more often than not, he certainly seems to be much happier.

Overall, I thought it’s a lovely comedy, entertaining enough to want to keep watching and it certainly helps to have a strong cast. The storyline isn’t hugely original, and it’s probably not a movie I’d want to watch again and again, but for a Sunday night in with family, it does the trick. It’s funny, Al Pacino is as crazy as you’d expect and there’s also a fair dose of drugs, disappointment, failure and ridiculousness, so there you go. Out on DVD 5th October and it also has some nice behind-the-scenes content, which is always funny.

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