As it is said in the black screen at the beggining, the story in Danny Collins is kind of based on a true story a tiny bit. For me, there isn't a better description of a story based on the infamous true facts.
Put the facts on a script for screen, and we better consider it as fiction, taking from it all the truth about life that fictional stories are capable of express. But it was nice to know that the John Lennon's letter exists somehow and could reach its destination, even if 40 years after.
Joseph Campbell describes The Hero's Journey as an archetype for human's life on Earth - spiritualy and materialy. Someday, in a hero's everyday life, there is an event that transports him from the ordinary to the extraordinary, and he became conscious of his actual nature. He becomes aware of the hero that he truly is. There are some obstacles, some adversities on his way through awareness, but there is also a lot of help. At the end, he comes back to his known world, but changed. End of the story, last page on the book, lights on the movie theater... however, the hero's journey goes on and on, never ending.
This process is depicted in 99,9% of the movies, if not even in 100% of them. Every protagonist is a sort of hero in his journey, presented in every ficcional or "true" story.
Danny Collins is no different, but for one fact: the movie ends not in the conclusion of the journey. A lot is yet to come, until Danny (Al Paccino) can call it quits in order to move on to the next adventure, as to say.
Some aspects on the movie revolve around John Lennon, and was too good to listen again to some of my favorite songs, that was a important part of some time of my life. However, I must say that it wasn't well used in the film - it could have been better, even if Lennon is always amazing on his own. All the time I opposed the music in Danny Collins to The Beatles's songs in I Am Sam, 2001. I cryed so hard during the last one, but not because of the story. All cover songs were so well placed in the film, they told a story so bigger than the one we saw on the screen, that it makes me emotional still. A shame that it couldn't be the same on the today's movie.
But the story is sweet, the connections between the characters are good, and the miracle doen't happen all at once... it is still on, in the Danny's life, regardless the place where fictional characters decide to live after the End.
|Danny is a dear, even if super screwd-up|
Danny Collins. Directed and writen by Dan Fogelman. With: Al Paccino,
Jennifer Garner, Christopher Plummer, Annette Bening. US, 2015,
106 min., Dolby Digital, Color (CInema).
PS: Fragments: Odd Thomas, 2013.