Saturday, August 7, 2010

Almost Famous

Most movies have a composed score. Only several times does a movie have its own personal soundtrack (ie, High Fidelity, Trainspotting).
William Miller (Patrick Fugit) is a fifteen-year-old who is hired by Rolling Stone to tour with and write about up-and-coming band Stillwater. During the tour, William learns about love, life and music.
Knowing Cameron Crowe had based Almost Famous off his own experiences as a writer for Rolling Stone gives the movie a more personal feel to it. The acting is just great; Frances McDormand plays William's over concerned mother at the right level, Kate Hudson has a nice dramatic role (which is something she should be doing rather than bad romantic comedies), and Billy Crudup is awesome as Stillwater's lead guitarist. But I loved Fugit's performance more. He's the most sympathetic in the entire movie. As well as stellar acting, you got a schweet soundtrack and a cool flashback to the 1970's. Oh, and it'll leave a warm, fuzzy feeling when it's over. Well, it did for me anyway.
My Rating: *****

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