There are a lot of movies on rock stars and celebrities. But what about the fictional band that is about to invade the music world with a teenage rock journalist? Almost Famous is about stillwater, with its leading guitarist and lead singer in the shadows of enmity and a band of its own groups. Almost all of the elements of a stereotypical rock band movie are famous, but our protagonist – William Miller (a brilliant Patrick Fugit), 15, the son of a tough professor (Francis McDormand), who does not want any pop culture to influence her children.
As a result of their mother’s overzealous ways, William’s 18-year-old sister Anita set out one day to become a flight attendant, and he inherited a secret stock of music tapes and vinyl that contained famous and influential artists. Also, William Rock decided to become a journalist. His fate changes completely when he enters the role of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in Lester Bangs. A journalist presents Bangs William with his first assignment – to review a Black Sabbath concert. Soon, William contacts Rolling Stone Magazine, asking him to go on a tour with Stillwater and cover them for an upcoming feature. Chaos, drama and romance follow.
Looking almost famous is like looking at a cube of warm butter on a piece of crispy, baked bread. Despite all the raging hormones of its characters, this movie made me nostalgic and comforted. The pursuit of dreams and the first time someone is struggling and experiencing heartbreak are universal emotions that are generally experienced by people to some degree. What definitely adds to the charm of Almost Famous is its sharp dialogues, loyal performances (especially the one by Kate Hudson as Penny Lane), and a stunning soundtrack to all.
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An interesting thing for moviegoers is that almost Famous is partly autobiographical. Yes, filmmaker Cameron Crowe covered and traveled with popular rock bands such as the Eagles, Led Zeppelin and Lynard Skynird when he was 16 years old. Never be interviewed by people your age. ‘Really, I always feel like a journalist, I got a seat in the front row, and I wanted to serve all those like me who wanted to be in the front row. I wanted to be a fly on the wall and bring that experience back to the fans and followers of the bands I am writing about, ”the renowned author-director said in an interview with Rolling Stone, which is almost celebrating its 20th anniversary. Anniversary of last year. And that Crow did, and how.
You can stream almost famous on Netflix.