Remember . . . Remember my name !!!
But other than the three actor’s I already knew before going into this film, those being Megan Mullally, Kelsey Grammer and Bebe Neuwirth . . . I don’t think I will remember there names. Don’t get me wrong that may seem a strange starting with the review in a negative manner when I did still quite enjoy the film. It was far from perfect and had flaws, but a new generation and obviously more modern version.
Fame is based at the performing arts school in New York City. It begins with auditions and by this you can tell which are the character’s that are going to be in main focus throughout the film. Also some amusing auditions especially the “all that jazz” guy was just hilarious (especially with my love for “Chicago”). But then after auditions, it jumps to freshman year, then not too long after sophomore, junior and senior years. Each year kind of goes a little bit into one of the students lives and the struggles they are facing, although I don’t think enough character development was done throughout the film. Each of the main character’s were only focused on a little bit not enough insight into why they were there, what happened and what they really wanted to achieve after leaving the school.
A plus side had to be some of the singing from the actors, as they were really good singers.I thought the dance routine’s were very good as well, although the randomness of the “black and gold” sequence seemed as though something had been cut as it did not really fit together with the scene also going on at that point. I think the character storylines were all good idea’s and varied a little from the original but there was not enough background work put into them. Like it left you want to knowing more as it raced through the 4 years, probably not the best to suggest this but it might have been better to have the film in at least two parts so they could build up the characters so you actually cared about them and wanted them to succeed and do well.
I really enjoyed Megan Mullally aka Karen from Will and Grace, as the singing teacher I thought she was just brilliant showing the range of her acting (and her excellent singing voice which has graced Broadway a few times). I think the performance in the hip-hop club had to be my favorite scene as it was really modern and today, the type of music that is so popular at the moment.
Naturi Naughton has a fantastic voice and I checked her out on IMDb to see if I had seen her in anything else and found she was Lil Kim in “Notorious”. So I think it will be interesting to see if she sticks to acting or chooses to go more towards a music career.
I was very impressed with Charles S. Dutton, I thought he was just great as the drama teaching. Trying to help them realise that they have to be true to themselves in order to make it in the world of theatre.
I think what I enjoyed most about this film, was seeing more behind the scenes and what goes into performing arts. All aspects of it music, dance, acting, singing, playing instruments, filming and making music. I love going to the theatre to see a musical or play, going to see a concert and enjoying the music, acting and dancing. So watching the way in which you can progress towards all of these things really does entertain me.
So while I did enjoy this film, it was not the best. It really could have been great but the character developement side really did let it down. But it is still enjoyable nonetheless. I am curious to how everyone else finds it. I tried not to compare it to the original as it really should be looked at in its own right.