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John's letter to British singer arrives 34 years late.
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I'm not sure if you have seen this, it was in the news a lot. (Even in my local newspaper)


Here's the letter. It seems it got lost in the mail. Mofo the one who stole


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And now we have the Danny Collins movie based on the story.


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Saw it last night:

Danny Collins was once a young, relevant, up-and-coming rock performer: 40 years on, he is a fading superstar, churning out his hits with a conspicuous lack of passion to crowds of golden girls who follow him from gig to gig.  It’s a living.  Then he is given a letter which John Lennon wrote to him at the start of his career, but which was stolen and secretly sold.  He belatedly decides to accept the advice Lennon offers, so he cancels his tour, moves a piano into a hotel in New Jersey and starts writing songs again, and makes contact with the son he never met (who, understandably, is not charitably disposed towards the father who has ignored him his entire life).

The lost Lennon letter actually happened, and is the jumping-on point for this “inspired by true events” movie.  The cast is heavyweight – Al Pacino as Danny, Christopher Plummer as his long-time manager/best friend, Annette Bening as the manageress of the hotel at which he is staying, and with whom he enjoys an enormously entertaining running flirtation, and Jennifer Garner as son Mike’s wife.  Bobby Cannavale, less high profile, is Mike.  I’m not a big fan of Cannavale or Garner, but they are both superb here (as, indeed, are Pacino and Bening).  And it is also fair to mention Giselle Eisenberg, 6 (and an old pro), who makes ADHD daughter Hope both adorable (without being obnoxious) and believable.

The heavyweight cast makes what is essentially a fairly slight story (which, nevertheless, doesn’t always go exactly where you expect it to) seem to be more substantial than it actually is.  There are no great truths here, just an engaging story about likeable but flawed people trying to find their ways through the pitfalls which life throws at you (and, admittedly, having a rock star Dad is one of the more unusual examples).

There are ten Lennon songs on the soundtrack, usually dropped in at plot-appropriate moments, one of which was so plot-appropriate that I choked up as soon as I heard the opening notes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and I recommend it, especially if you are a Beatles/Lennon fan.

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