First Trailer for Clint Eastwood's JERSEY BOYS

I really wanted to place Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the popular stage play Jersey Boys on my most anticipated movies of the summer list, but without ever having seen the play or even any kind of promotional materials for Eastwood's version I didn't have any idea what to be excited about other than the fact it was a story that concerned the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (which probably should have been enough anyway). With this first trailer coming the day after I published my most anticipated list though I am sorely regretting its exclusion because despite the fact I'm still more eager to see Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic as the other main music-themed film this season I would have certainly stuck this in the close calls section over the next Transformers flick. What is interesting about the Jersey Boys film though is the fact it does indeed come from a filmmaker such as Eastwood. It is clear the dry color palette and tough guy tone of the story fit his style, but it is nice to see him breaking out of the straight drama mold and entering into the unknown territory of a movie-musical. I'm attempting to convince myself that the aesthetic and pool of knowledge that Eastwood works in and can infuse into this genre of film will offer audiences something truly different when innovation feels stagnant. I'm a huge fan of all musical stylings and to be able to see not only this time in musical history come to life through not only the time period details, but the actual popular music of the time should be something Eastwood embraced and if not succeeded at least tried earnestly to bring to the screen. Jersey Boys stars John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza, Michael Lomenda, Christopher Walken and opens in theaters on June 20th.

Synopsis: Clint Eastwood’s big screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of the four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic `60s rock group The Four Seasons. Their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the hit songs that influenced a generation, and are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical. 

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