Following from my earlier post and all of the excitement that had been building up inside me, I finally got chance to see FAME 2009, and I have to say that I absolutely loved it!! 😀
My initial reaction (as posted on twitter) was:
Yes, I do have a few criticisms (notably the lack of depth to the characters; and the fact that I was only able to connect with two of them (I remember no character names!); plus the film is only 100 minutes long – so they realistically had room to character develop, but (scandalously!) didn’t!), however I do think that these minor flaws can be overlooked when taking the movie in as a whole.
For those seeking the more true-to-life grit of trying to get by in New York as a drama student, the original movie will still be your best bet, and will certainly still hold up against this, though I think comparison against the original (on which this is fairy loosely based) does work against the remake, fueling the negative reviews. I also wouldn’t have objected too much if they’d pushed the PG rating boundary up to a 12 or even a 15 however, and not gone for the mass teen market.
All in all though, a very fun film, with some amazing dance routines – I had chills come the last number (Hold Your Dreams)!
For anyone interested in the soundtrack to the movie, here is a YouTube clip (that I have not created) that gives a flavour of the music used in the film.
Definitely well worth the wait and my building excitement over many months. For those who saw my original post, yes, I still found it a zillion times better than anyone has ever told the story before! 😀
More MGM Musicals please!! 🙂