It probably didn’t mean to be a satire but that’s what it most reminds me of. An aging rockstar determined to return his old ways after 40 years of pretending and selling out. Portrayed by the impeccable Al Pacino, a movie he chose to star in because as he said reflected his current situation in life in some respects.
There isn’t much singing in the movie, so you needn’t worry about Pacino’s singing chops which remain at an acceptable level for the kind of songs he sings, which as his movie persona Danny Collins says probably doesn’t even qualify as singing. Thus reminding us that most songs nowadays don’t really require singing skills, with backup singers, autotuning, lip syncing and all the tricks that make even the worst, sound like the best.
Nevertheless, as shallow as the concept seems, there are a few lessons to be learned from Danny Collins, mostly as an example of what not to do but also in his tireless efforts to achieve his goals, and even from the people that surround him either good influences or negative and the people he meets in this new chapter he wants to open in his life.
It’s Al Pacino, and everybody likes a Pacino movie. He can turn even the most dreadful and horrible narratives into half decent and interesting movies. Throw a bit of Christopher Plummer, Jennifer Garner and Annette Bening in the mix and you get a great cast which lures you into watching a very enjoyable but generic and common story, for its most part at least.