A must-see for Janis Joplin fans, as well as those who are not familiar with this 1960 star’s signature work in the blues and rock and roll. Joplin’s unique voice, which embodies pain and unrequited love, is a reflection of a childhood filled with disappointment and trauma, primarily due to her looks. We are reminded that even when someone comes from a good family, it can be the outside forces that do so much damage. Though charismatic and powerful onstage, Janis Joplin always seems to end up alone. Part of this is due to her drug addiction, but here we learn she was able to clean herself a few times. After singing “Me and Bobby McGee,” Joplin was just beginning an exciting turning point in her life when she died in her sleep at 27. Sadly, her last hit turned out to be a drug overdose.
When I saw the trailer to this movie, I thought it would be a slow-moving story about a washed up star. I almost didn’t watch the movie, but I’m glad I did because it turned out to be a gem. Al Pacino is excellent as Danny Collins, an aging rock star who somehow gets stuck doing the same thing. That’s because he got sucked into pleasing a fan base that ironically stifles his creativity, always expecting the same old songs night after night. During the 40 years of going through the motions, he tries to forget his misery by snorting coke and drinking heavily. Continue reading