Sunday, May 9, 2010

Almost Famous (2000) (2nd time)

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour. [imdb]
Nominated for 4 Oscars:

Best Supporting Actress: Kate Hudson
Best Supporting Actress: Frances McDormand
Best Original Screenplay (WINNER)
Best Editing

On my personal, unofficial journey to set the record straight for Best Supporting Actress 2000, I was confronted with Almost Famous, which I saw for the first time in 2001. I didn’t enjoy it then, and even less so this time. It’s a film I’m most subjective about and I know there are many out there who liked it or really enjoyed it.

I didn’t like the casting, I didn’t like the actors, nor the screenplay. I thought everybody looked dirty and annoying. :) The characters were very dislikeable and unfinished; even though it was a weak year for Original Screenplay, this is far from being a worthy winner (I would’ve probably went with You Can Count on Me).

The kid’s acting is very poor, and just paves the way for a lot of mediocrity. Kate Hudson and especially Frances McDormand really didn’t deserve the honor of Oscar noms, and Jason Lee and the other band members simply created clich├ęd characters and gave unsatisfying performance. Their simple presence on screen was more than annoying to me.

My rating for the film: 5/10. It has small funny moments, I just don’t feel like mentioning them. Why someone would consider this film cool, is beyond me.


  1. I really like this movie! I think McDormand and Hudson were great and the best of the nominees, actually. But I haven't seen Billy Elliot and Chocolate in years, so I'm not 100% sure.

  2. I'm with Joe, this is a great movie when it focuses on the band and the relationship between the kid and his family. It's the cliches tah make the film so funny and believeable.

    On the other hand he ending is horribly trite, and Kate isn't really deserving.