Movie Review: Almost Famous
CREDITS: Starring: Kate Hudson (Penny Lane), Billy Crudup (Russell), Frances McDormand, Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Patrick Fugit (William Miller). Directed by Cameron Crowe. Rated R. Running Time: 120 minutes.
You will love this movie, simply by its melodious rock music, beautiful pictures and witty cut of scenes to make a good story. Yet that is not all.
Some says this is a story about music. Others see it as an illustration of journalism. I prefer to regard it as an exploration of the mythical lives in 1970s, and an expose of humanity in “the industry of cool.”
The story starts with an innocent boy living with his rebellious sister and overprotective mother. The boy, William Miller (Patrick Fugit), was enchanted by rock music left by his sister when she came of age and decided to leave home. His enthusiasm toward Rock n’ Roll grew with his age. In high school he was writing about rock bands for some magazines.
Encouraged by music critic Lester Bangs, William began to cover an upcoming band called Still Water. Following the band to tour around the country was an amazing experience for the 15-year-old boy. What makes his trip more exciting was that Rolling Stone, the dream magazine for music journalists, called him to assign him a story about a rock band on tour.
The assignment took him much longer time than he expected. He forgot to call his mother desperately waiting him at home. He missed the graduation ceremony. The lead guitarist Russell never seemed to be ready to sit down for a formal interview with him. But what he saw on the backstage, on the bus, on the plane, in the hotel and at the wild parties gave him a chance to understand the real world of the rock musicians. Yes they were cool on the stage, and they appeared to be powerful when the crowd roared with their music. They were rebellious against society, they took drugs and had sex with groupies. But they admitted that they know how to make themselves look cool. They were only human who could not resist the temptation of fame. They quarreled when feeling over-shined by one another.
Growing up, be cool
Pics and music
Ending: it is a movie that you don’t want to watch only once.
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