Almost Famous Reviews
All of these elements create a very warm film that is surprisingly human in its approach. The sound track is also very strong and paired well with each scene. One scene was particularly memorable: a simple sing-a-long on a bus against the back drop of a classic song. Most people have at least one strong memory of this simple true Americana pleasure from their childhood and this scene taps into that emotion.
This was, in my humble opinion, Cameron Crowe's last really strong movie after a number of hits (including Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Say Anything and Singles). These movies all share a common bond in that they were crafted with care, attention and a sharp eye for detail creating engrossing time capsules of these time periods (or places) and the social relationships of the characters.
My small critique of this film, and most of Crowe's work, is that he can be heavy handed with the sitcom one-liners. While some of these lines pay off really well, others are a bit jarring.
A classic rock n' roll film mixed with a complex teen drama/romance- 'Almost Famous' hits all of the right spots and never wastes a minute of its 2 hour runtime. It feels legitimate, both aesthetically, as well as emotionally and it works perfectly well as a coming-of-age flick and a drama. Further, it has some laughs to keep you going and, overall, it just manages to be a sweet film without being sickening. There's a nostalgia that surrounds this whole movie, so much so that I doubt I'll ever forget when I watched it. I look forward to watching it ten years from now and being nostalgic of when I first saw it.
It may bore those who aren't particularly passionate about the music industry, but it still has enough interesting and complex characters to be worth anyone's time.
Cameron Crowe did something here no one else could do or will do. More than any other respected filmmaker, he fearlessly dances with sentimentality, striving for poignance, even if it ends up as schmaltz. This has yielded uneven results in his prior catalogue, but In Almost Famous, it is always the former and never the latter. He dares to find innocent love, of more than one variety, at the peak of 70's rock and roll greatness, before all that was left was druggy burnout. He dares to make the most easily caricatured fixture, the groupie (err....bandaid), a stunning embodiment of vulnerability, confusion, curiosity and sparkle. Penny Lane, brought to incandescent life by Kate Hudson, is one of the all-time great characters in cinema, because she is everything she appears to be yet so much more. That is the secret to the indelible characters in this movie. They seem like flesh and blood visions of the mythical haze of early 70's rock culture, which they are, but they're also earthy and recognizable, in their hopes and vulnerabilities.
This movie is a lovely paean to the pop-American experience, a snapshot of the collective trip of 70's rock culture as a vision of the American Dream, mythical yet frozen in memory, yearned for and felt if never entirely realized.
This movie coming of age film about a teen who got to go on a tour with a band, AND get too write about them for Rolling Stones Magazine was phenomenal.
It contains amazing performances from the leads, excellent dialogue, and an amazing soundtrack that fits in perfectly. By far my favorite movie. Bravo Cameron Crowe, bravo.