2 hours 10 minutes
Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale
CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A new Al Pacino movie is always a cause for celebration, especially when Pacino’s in such top form as he is as “Danny Collins”.
The aging Rock legend who Ignored his family all these family all these years to pursue a celebrity lifestyle. But then the discovery of a long ago letter from John Lennon has Pacino doing the right thing for a change.
He’s only asking his embittered son Bobby Cannavale for one day to do something good for Cannavale’s family and then Pacino promises to leave forever.
Pacino’s powerhouse performance is hardly in a vacuum. He’s surrounded himself with an exceptional supporting cast.
Annette Bening’s the perfect foil for his king sized ego as she cleverly resists his seductive charm. The master class in brilliant acting between Pacino and the legendary Christopher Plummer is alone worth the price of admission.
But it’s the matchless chemistry between Pacino and Bening that makes the movie so sublime. They’ve both been around the block ad few times, enough to become kindred spirits..
If the picture was just a little less predictable, “Danny Collins would be a near perfect heart tugger. But as it is, Pacino and company generate enough warmth to win the film a sterling 3 stars.
If you’ve loved Al Pacino’s work during the past 44 years, you owe it to yourself to see “Danny Collins”. Pacino reminds us again, why he’s among the greatest actors of his generation.