If you consider yourself a soul born in the wrong decade, you cannot miss Cameron Crowe’s most memorable film: Almost Famous.
Crowe, who is well-known for several movies including Vanilla Sky, Jerry Maguire and Elizabethtown, released Almost Famous in the year 2000, starring Patrick Fugit, Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson. The entire film is a reflection of his young years as a writer for Rolling Stone.
The movie takes place in the year 1973, when a naive boy named William Miller gets immerse into the rock n’ roll life of the period while touring with a band called Stillwater. Miller needs to gather information in order to write an article about the emerging band. This task gets extremely difficult due the members’ busy schedule that involves shows, sex, music, sex, sex, drugs, sex … and more sex.
Penny Lane, a groupie which demands to be called ‘band-aid’, is part of a love triangle between Stillwater’s frontman Russell Hammond, the young Miller and herself. This triangle is not so easy to explain, but I will try to. Penny loves Russell, Russell likes Penny, William loves Penny, Penny likes William even though she thinks he is “too cute for rock n’ roll”, Russell has a girlfriend, William likes and hates Russell at the same time. Easy, huh?
Another major aspect of the movie: its soundtrack. You will consider it absolutely stunning if you enjoy 70’s rock. It features The Who, Cat Stevens, Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John, among others. After watching the film, you must buy the soundtrack. It is mandatory!
Crowe’s Almost Famous truly expresses the rock n’ roll essence of the decade filled with an amazingly beautiful photography and an extraordinary music. You will identify yourself with William’s innocence and experiences through his journey; you will feel as part of that tour bus, while singing along with them. Crowe’s Academy Award winning film is a pure masterpiece. A film with 70’s soul released on our current days.