Danny Collins – Film Review

Danny Collins - Film Review

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Al Pacino shines as a fictional rock star who reassesses his career after receiving a decades-old letter from John Lennon

In 2010, English folk singer Steve Tilston found a letter John Lennon had sent him 40 years earlier, reassuring the young Tilston that future wealth and fame needn’t affect his songwriting. The story inspired this directorial debut from Dan Fogelman, starring Al Pacino as Danny Collins, a fictional rock star who realises his career is “bullshit” after receiving a decades-old letter from the Beatles legend. Though riddled with clichés (Collins likes drink, drugs and younger women), there are memorable performances from Pacino, Annette Bening as his lover and Christopher Plummer as his sardonic manager. The soundtrack features nine Lennon songs and a score co-composed by Ryan Adams, who supplies the lovely ballad ‘Still, Was’.