Sunday, October 3, 2010

Best of the Decade #13: Almost Famous (2000)

Almost Famous is an indelible love letter to Rock and Roll. One that's self-confident but unassuming all at once. The story follows a hopeful but naïve young journalist-in-the-making (writer/director Cameron Crowe's interpretation of his own young self) on a cross-country tour with the up-and-coming but tumultuous band Still Water in the summer of 1973. Crowe wisely sets this poignant coming-of-age tale in an era of tension and change to mirror the unspoken motivations and angst of our characters. Crowe also takes care to paint his characters in a way that makes no attempt to hide their flaws but makes us love them all the same. The standout of the excellent cast is Kate Hudson as a drugged-up groupie who refuses to accept the disillusionment that perpetually confronts her. Charming, funny, and touching, Almost Famous is a must see especially for any fan of Rock.

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