‘Danny Collins’ Review: Touching, Winding Road to Redemption

March 19, 2015 8:25 PM

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‘Danny Collins’ Review: Touching, Winding Road to Redemption

Feelings triumph over an excess of plot in Dan Fogelman’s funny and affecting “Danny Collins,” with Al Pacino as an aging rocker suddenly confronted with the life he might have lived. Before the action comes a cheerfully coy announcement: “The following is based on a kind of true story a little bit.” In fact, the story is not only true, but proves to be a kind of swell idea for a fiction film.

In this zestful imagining, the hero of the title is currently living a life that looks good—or at least impressively glitzy—from the outside: adoring fans, who have aged along with him and can’t get enough of his shopworn songs and tacky concerts; a private jet; a gull-wing Mercedes; and an absurdly...

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