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Almost Famous

by

Jeff Nelson

For those of you who love rock or just enjoy a well-written, well-acted, and a good film should absolutely check out Almost Famous.

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The coming of age films haven't been growing in popularity in recent years. When they aren't executed correctly, they can come off as tacky. The script and the acting are two of the most critical aspects of these films. In fact, I'm glad there aren't very many of these movies. This allows for more of quality in these films than quantity.

A high-school boy is give the opportunity to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour. The screenplay is one of the most critical elements of this film. The filmmakers take their sweet time to introduce the characters, give them depth, and relate them to the audience. While this is a drama with romance, there is quite a bit of comedy. This is spread evenly throughout. As the film continues, the characters become more enjoyable to follow. The movie is predictable, but it ends up being a very sweet film without coming off as cliché.

Along with the well-written screenplay is a well-rounded cast. Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Anna Paquin, and others. The screenplay is a large reason for the characters being so relatable, but the actors genuinely bring the characters to life. Each actor pulls their weight and gives his or her role depth. There isn't even one bad performance to be seen here. Many people determine good acting by the over-the-top emotions. The acting here feels natural and stays rather leveled.

With the movie taking place on a rock tour, the visuals are rather important. The film does a good job of imitating the atmosphere of true rock. The entire time period is captured well here. The camera work is well done. There aren't any big explosions, car chases, or anything of that nature but the movie maintains quite a bit of excitement for a coming of age film.

Coming of age movies can either be great or terrible. Luckily, Almost Famous falls into the first category. It's entertaining and has a warm ending. This movie definitely won't appeal to all audiences. Almost Famous has its strange moments that might not be appreciated by all viewers. For those of you who love rock or just enjoy a well-written, well-acted, and a good film should absolutely check out Almost Famous.

My Rating = Four Stars

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