Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous is an excellent coming of age tale about a fifteen year old guy who lands himself the chance of a lifetime – interviewing an almost famous rock band for Rolling Stone. Patrick Fugit is marvellous in the lead role and he is supported by a great cast including strong performances by Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson.
There was a lot that impressed me about this one, in fact it doesn’t really put a foot wrong, but an awful lot of praise has to go the three stars. Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Patrick Fugit all deliver excellent work here, the three together seeming to raise each other’s game and building a great group dynamic on screen. You get the sense that the actors are really having a lot of fun here. I don’t know whether that is true at all, but it’s a testament to their work and the film in general that you come away feeling that you know the people you have been watching, that you’re drawn to them, and that you ultimately care about them. It’s been a while since I watched a film where I really properly felt for the characters, and I love this film for giving me that again.
Another point that should be made is that the music really does feels authentic for the time period, that the band who Fugit’s character follows feels real. I mean as a fan of rock music from that time period I now want to check out their back catalogue and it’s frustrating that I can’t! If you are a fan of Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath – that era of music, then I suggest you check this one out. It’s a very nicely handled love letter back to this time when writer and director Cameron Crowe was himself travelling around writing for Rolling Stone magazine.
With many great supporting performances including ones by two of my favourite actors; Philip Seymour Hoffman and Frances McDormand, this film is a joy to watch and it leaves you with a warm glow long after the credits have rolled. I came away from it knowing that I have a new favourite film.
What is the film’s greatest strength? The film’s heart and soul is perfect.
Its greatest weakness? There’s nothing of much significance which I can think of.
Would I see it again? In case you haven’t already gathered, this is a resounding yes.
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