Title: Almost Famous
MPAA: Rated R for language, drug content, and brief nudity
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson
Synopsis: A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.
Review: Almost Famous is a great hidden gem you can currently find on Netflix. Written and directed by Cameron Crowe, this is probably his best film, but most definitely his most personal film. Before he made below average films like Aloha and We Bought a Zoo, Crowe was one of the best directors in the business, and he won an Academy Award for his screenplay in this film. And boy is this screenplay fantastic. There is not a dull moment in this coming of age story. Crowe gave us fantastic characters, and very smart, humorous dialogue. This movie also has some of the best casting I have ever seen for a film. Each actor lives and breathes their characters. They are all perfect. It’s no wonder Patrick Fugit has struggled to find roles after Almost Famous, because probably whenever people see him, they immediately think of him as that kid from Almost Famous. To this day, Kate Hudson has never given a better performance. Her character, Penny Lane, is one of my all time favorite characters ever on film. She’s very likable, beautiful, mysterious, spontaneous, and just loves rock and roll. Hudson does an amazing job playing her, and she does so much with her facial expressions, at times she doesn’t have to say a word, and that says more than anything she could have said.
The music budget must have been soo expensive for this movie. This movie has one of the best soundtracks ever. Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Elton John are just a few of the artists you will hear in this movie. And the songs are played at the perfect time. To this day, I will never hear the song “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John the same again. My only problem with the movie, was the very first song they played, which was very strange and had nothing to do with the story at all. They could have chose so many better songs to open the movie with.
This movie gives great performances, from some of the best actors of our generation. Like Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Frances McDormand. I also love the chemistry that the band members of Stillwater have. They really feel like an actual band, and all the actors do a great job portraying them. This is a great period piece of the early 70s, and everyone involved with this movie does a great job giving the audience that 70s style to this movie, from the costumes, to the set pieces. You really feel like you are back in time while watching this movie.
Overall, this movie is extremely well written and an absolute delight to watch. It is very funny, but also has a lot of serious parts as well. You really feel a lot of emotions while watching this, which is a sign of a great film. It is one of the best movies currently on Netflix, and is a much watch. My grade for this movie is: