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- Title: Almost Famous (2000)
- Director: Cameron Crowe
- Writer: Cameron Crowe
- Stars: Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, Frances Mcdormand, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, Jimmy Fallon, and Philip Seymour Hoffman
- Genre(s): Comedy | Drama | Adventure
- Runtime: 122 minutes
SHOW RATING OVERVIEW ★★★★★ 5-Stars
Writing/Story: ★★★★★ | Character(s) ★★★★★ | Cinematography: ★★★★★ | Acting ★★★★★
The early 1970s. William Miller is 15-years old and an aspiring rock journalist. He gets a job writing for Rolling Stone magazine. His first assignment: tour with the band Stillwater and write about the experience. Miller will get to see what goes on behind the scenes in a famous band, including the moments when things fall apart. Moreover, for him, it will be a period of new experiences and finding himself. Written by grantss
MY 2 CENTS:
Let me start by saying that I’ve seen this film at least a dozen times. It’s one of my all-time favorite films. This film is one of the most thoughtful and emotional journeys that you can experience in a film. When the movie was over, I felt like I had been on a rollercoaster of emotions. I was connected to the characters and invested in their journey.
Writing/Story: ★★★★★ Almost Famous takes place back in the year 1973 and is all about William miller a 15-year old aspiring rock journalist as he travels across the country with a band called Stillwater. William has been hired to write a feature story about Stillwater for an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine and has to interview the band. Eventually, William forms a deep bond with the band members and the band-aides a group of women who follow the band while on tour. The band-aides are led by Penny Lane (played by Kate Hudson).
Character(s): ★★★★★ Character development is usually something I talk about when reviewing books rather than movies, but this film really shows you the truth in the lives of these characters. They are so invested in living in the present moment… the here and now… something I often talk about in my #MindfulnessMonday posts and videos, but something often taken for granted living in 2019. I really enjoyed seeing these characters living this amazing Rockstar life. They experienced highs and lows, but seemed to take things more in stride than maybe we tend to do these days. While the characters still dealt with stress and conflict, everything just seemed simpler. I’m not saying simple as in unrealistic ether… as a movie viewer, you are fulling invested in their lives and almost feel like you’re on tour with Stillwater too.
Cinematography: ★★★★★ This film is so fun to watch and it isn’t just the acting and the writing – the camera angles and lighting have a lot to do with it. One scene that really defines this film for me, is when they are all on the tour bus and break into song singing ‘Tiny Dancer’ by Elton John.
Acting: ★★★★★ AMAZING!!! Whenever you’re watching extremely recognizable stars on the big screen, it can be hard to suspend your disbelieve. However, even though this movie is packed with amazing actors we already know and love, there wasn’t a single moment when actor recognition pulled me out of the film. Each of the actors took on their role and became their characters for the 122 minutes of this film. They were utterly believable and profoundly realistic.
MY FAVORITE QUOTES:
“From here on out, I am only interested in what is real. Real people, real feelings, that’s it, that’s all I’m interested in.” ~ Russell Hammond
“I always tell the girls, never take it seriously, if ya never take it seriously, ya never get hurt, ya never get hurt, ya always have fun, and if you ever get lonely, just go to the record store and visit your friends.” ~ Penny Lane
TO SUM IT UP:
Overall, I really loved this film. It’s an amazing story about love, life, and the pursuit of happiness. The cast is stock full of phenomenal actors with the acting chops to pull off the story in a realistic, heart twisting way. The soundtrack captures the 70s and makes you really feel like you’re there. Then, to top it off, the cinematography pulls you in and paints a beautiful picture that even if seen in still frames you’d be able to feel all of the emotions of the feature film. There was NOTHING I didn’t like in this film.
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