Genre Guesstimation – Almost Famous (2000)

almost famous“If you think Mick Jagger will still be out there trying to be a rock star at age fifty, then you are sadly, sadly mistaken.” – Dennis Hope

Number of Times Seen – 2  (10 Apr 2001 and 24 Feb 2015)

Brief Synopsis –A teenager during the mid-70’s gets an offer to work for Rolling Stone magazine and starts to tour with the band Stillwater.

My Take on it – I saw this when it came out and although I enjoyed it, it wasn’t the kind of movie that I felt drawn back to in order to see it again. It took me close to 14 years to revisit it.

Thr story is interesting, but it works better when you think of it as a fantasy than as reality.

The fact that this is a semi-autobiographical account of Director/Writer Cameron Crowe’s teen years makes it seem too far-fetched and takes away from the authentic feeling.

The scenes depicting him as a social outcast and his love for music work well becsyse it helps explain why William scts tge way he does

The best thing about this movie tho is the soundtrack which is truly unbelievable. Crowe knows his music and does a great job integrating the right songs into the right scenes.

Bottom Line – Very interesting story. Hard to believe tho that this seemingly happened to Crowe himself. Very good coming of age film with an unbelievable soundtrack. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Cameron Crowe, he sent the script around town to see if he could get anyone to respond to it. Steven Spielberg, founder of Dreamworks, read Crowe’s 172-page script over the weekend and called Crowe on Monday saying, “Direct every word”. Crowe said he filmed almost all of the script.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but still not the kind of movie that I can rewatched over and over.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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