Experience it. Enjoy
it. Just don't fall for it.
The camera likes twenty-one-year-old Kate Hudson, and
writer/director Cameron Crowe uses that to his advantage in Almost Famous.
Kate is a promising actress who should have a decent Hollywood career.
However, it is veteran actress Francis McDormand who anchors the film in
the movies best written role as every boy's mother (times ten).
Almost Famous is the story of a young writer (Patrick Fugit) who lands a
job with Rolling Stone to follow the fictional band "Stillwater" on tour.
The band members (mainly Billy Crudup and Jason Lee) handle their roles
admirably, but more importantly "look the part." The casting, all around,
is first rate.
Like most good movies, Almost Famous is hard to sum up in a few words.
It's certainly a coming of age tale. Our young journalist has to grow up
very quickly and although he's kind of a nerd, by the end of the film he
manages to assert himself.
But, like director Crowe's Oscar nominated Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
also demonstrates the superficiality of celebrities and then turns it 180
degrees to show that celebrities are often ordinary and vulnerable.
This was a bit of an odd movieÖ..it being something I didnít think Iíd
like at first and then find out that the movie rocked. Blondes usually donít
do a whole lot for me, but for some reason Kate Hudson just fucking rocks.
Just about every single character in this flick is well written, dialog
and everything all rolled into one. Phillips Seymour Hoffmanís character
by far is probably my favorite, and is oddly the least used. The movie
itself centers around a teen aged kid who writes music and concert reviews
for a local paper. Up comes Rolling Stone Magazine with an offer he couldnít
refuse and he goes on the road with a rock band and describes the exploits
both on stage and off. Needless to say itís a real cool soundtrack and
Fairuza Balk could melt ice at night on an icebergÖÖThatís just a
personal opinion of course. So if youíre digging classic rock, grab this
off the rental shelf and take it home, itís a feel good ride from start