Archive for June 21st, 2014

Movie Mayhem – Jersey Boys

Breaking the fourth wall isn’t new; in fact, it’s a narrative device that’s been used for as long as actors have taken to the stage, where they can turn a play into an interactive event by “including” the audience in the production. This essence of community, though, loses some of its magic when translated to celluloid. Don’t get me wrong, breaking the fourth wall has been used to great effect in some modern comedies (such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), adding texture to the comedic activities that the characters find themselves in. But a dramatic connection to the audience is limited to the fact that the actors are only speaking to a camera instead of being able to absorb audience reaction to shape their performances. In translating Jersey Boys from stage to screen, Clint Eastwood does a really good job at bringing these characters and their journey to life, but loses some emotional impact by trying to keep the structure of the stage narrative on the screen. Don’t Stop — There’s Plenty More

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