What can be said about Almost Famous that hasn’t been said already? It’s a movie that encapsulates the heady, contradictory world of rock ‘n roll without making it seem like all the characters’ spirits are sucked through a cocaine straw or ebb away thanks to the lonely lifestyle of acclaim and excess (it does however, come close). My sister and I broke out this classic because SHE HADN’T SEEN IT YET.
There’s something special about writing a movie or book that is semi-autobiographical. Maybe it’s because Cameron Crowe is basically William Miller, the moralistic, smart yet naive protagonist, that you feel as if the only thing important in the world IS the music; which we all know already. Our parents before us and their parents felt the same way about music William did about Stillwater and, often, it is the only thing that makes sense to us in our shitty periods.
Cameron Crowe is a director who started out as a writer for music magazines in the 60s and 70s such as Creem, Circus and eventually landed the white whale, The Rolling Stone. He was lucky enough to find his purpose through the pure joy of music journalism in one of the most important periods in music history; the ultimate fan’s dream. Other than the age-old journey of self-discovery, this movie is awesome because:
A killer soundtrack
Kate Hudson’s big break
Here you get the chance to see her show off her true acting skill before she went on to make movies where her character is a neurotic career woman called Andie Anderson. Oh, Kate.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Lester Bangs
A character based on the real Bangs, editor of Creem. RIP.
Quotes like this
Pure at heart, with a rock ‘n roll soul; it’s good to know this movie is still so watchable after 14 years.