Mrs. Rotten Week is away for a girl’s weekend leaving me with Little RW for the last couple of days. Happy Father’s Day, I guess. What did we do? Read the complete Encyclopedia of Superman cover-to-cover three times. I fully initiated her on the Justice League, some basic origin stories and she went to bed last night asking for a story that involved Superman, Wonder Woman and to make sure "Batman got hurt." What a great kid. So yeah, Happy Father’s Day! There aren’t any superhero movies on the docket this week but we’ve got Jersey crooners and thinking like men again.
Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer.
Rotten Watch Prediction
You can check out the Jersey Boys trailer below:
The singing alone would preclude me from ever seeing or enjoying this flick. I’m too far removed. It’s on me. Come get it in the comments section if need be. I get that there are probably some influences of this Frankie-Valli style music in the Justin Timberlake’s, Pharrell’s and Thicke’s of the current scene. They are more alike than dissimilar. And that might help win the day with anyone under fifty seeing this adaptation of the popular Broadway play. But I doubt the universal appeal will be there. This is by old people, for old people.
Clint Eastwood directs this story of some Jersey boys getting out of trouble and into the limelight, with all the trappings of fame that come along with it. After an insane run of directorial work by Eastwood with flicks like Mystic River (87%), Million Dollar Baby (91%), Invictus (76%) and Gran Torino (79%) to name a few, he’s seen a drop off recently with Hereafter (46%) and J. Edgar (43%). Are we surprised? Dude is old. Like 150 years old or something like that. I’m young, vibrant, and busy and I don’t have time to look it up. But can we really expect him to continue bringing the fastball? It stands to reason there would by a decline in the quality of his productions. That isn’t to say Jersey Boys will falter mind you. It just won’t live up to Eastwood’s run through the first decade of the 21st century.
A few early reviews are less than stellar. I’m not completely surprised. The trailer alone gave very little buy in to the story dancing around the edges of the biopic without giving any real sense of struggle or conflict. It appears pretty plain and tame. I doubt the source material will warrant anything close the gutter here, but I’d be shocked if it was certified fresh. I’ll put it around the middle, a little lower to coincide with Eastwood’s recent work. Nos go get the helium tank out to do your best Valli impressions.