The most satisfying aspect of Cameron Crowe’s semi-auto biographical film is the
silken threads he weaves into the various relationships; there is ambiguity and an
imprecision to these that is a marvellous aspect of cinema. Patrick Fugit’s debut as
the 15 year old would-be rock journalist is brilliant and there are several accurate
observations about journalistic quandaries that Crowe’s script captures 100 per cent.
Re-enjoying the film on DVD is great fun; the many amusing moments are like familiar
friends – and they’re most welcome at home. On the Making of featurette (24
minutes) the candid Crowe talks openly about his embarrassment at making a film basically
about his own experiences as a 15 year old accidental freelance journo for Rolling Stone.
I like his confession about the time his mum was on set behind him watching Francis
McDormand play his mum in front: "nowehere to hide," says a pained Crowe. This
documentary – although a tad over-edited – retains the sense of warmth that
emenates from the film, the tone that makes the film so accessible and enjoyable.
And while there is no audio commentary from Crowe, the doco will satisfies all but the
most demanding Crowe or Almost Famous fan.
It’s a doco of a doco, really, and excitingly nostalgic, since we’re in the
early 70s. The featurette is often poignant and we can relish the niceties of the process
that truned into such a satisfying film.
This fine DVD is worth the price for anyone who loves movies, rock n’ roll or
Andrew L. Urban
Published: November 1, 2001