Almost Famous Movie Review

Having been a teenage rock journalist for Rolling Stone magazine,  writer/director Cameron Crowe’s inside knowledge of the subject matter, infiltrates every aspect of the screenplay, resulting in a charismatic intriguing film which keeps its audience spellbound from beginning to end.

Almost Famous movie review

Fifteen year old William Miller, played with an engaging raw innocence by Patrick Fugit, manages to hustle an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to write a feature article on up and coming band Stillwater.  After hiding rock albums from his ‘rock is evil’ mother for so long, William is suddenly thrust into the heart of rock and roll in the seventies as he hits the road to join the band Stillwater on their tour.

Struggling to find the story for Rolling Stone as he oscillates between being a fan and a journalist in the midst of taking ‘don’t do drugs’ phone calls from his protective mother, and ‘just make us look cool’ comments from the magnetic lead guitarist,  William turns to his cantankerous mentor, rock purist Lester Bangs.  Played with unbridled passion by Philip Hoffman Seymour, Bangs barks at him “You cannot make friends with the rock stars.  These people are not your friends!” 

During the excitement of the tour,  a besotted William watches on hopelessly as the elusive and very alluring elite groupie Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) puts her heart on the line in a romantic tangle with married lead guitarist, Russell (played by the magnetic Billy Crudup). 

Almost Famous is a cross between a coming of age story and a tribute to the days where the essence of rock and roll meant something.  The movie uses a dazzling cast, character driven story, and Cameron Crowe’s priceless rock experiences as a rock journalist in the seventies, to bring home the bacon with a triumphant bang!

 

Almost Famous (2000): Comedy/Drama,  Director and Writer: Cameron Crowe, Cinematography by John Toll, Original Music by Nancy Wilson, Starring: Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Patrick Fugit, Philip Seymour Hoffman,

Almost Famous received four Academy Award Nominations and Won the Academy Award for best original screenplay

 

Other films written or directed by the unstoppable Cameron Crowe:

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (Starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh)

Jerry Maguire (Starring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, Cuba Gooding Jnr)

Vanilla Sky (Starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz)

We Brought A Zoo (Starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johannsson)

Elizabethtown (Starring Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon)

Singles (Starring Bridget Fonda, Kyra Sedgewick, Campbell Scott)

Say Anything (starring John Cusack)

 

Books by Cameron Crowe

Led Zeppelin: Light and Shade (book by Cameron Crowe)

Conversations with Wilder (book)

Pearl Jam Twenty (book)

 

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