Fame


Release Date: September 25th 2009

Plot Outline: A remake of the 80’s version. Fame centers around talented students at the New York Academy of Performing Arts.

Fame was…interesting. I have so many emotions about it, negative emotions. I didn’t see the 80’s version so I am solely basing this review on the 2009 version.

The beginning of Fame reminded me a lot of American Idol or Americas Got Talent, one of those American “reality” talent shows. It was difficult to distinguish which people were the awful ones and which were the talent. It was amusing because some of the performers I thought were terrible actually turned out to be main characters. Now I say “main” loosely which I will explain soon.

Fame skipped around an enormous amount, way too much to get to know any of the characters, any of their names, and of course to develop any characters or story line. There were so many characters that it was difficult to keep track of them. When one would come back on screen later I would think, “Oh wow, I totally forgot about them”. Fame must have been a fan of skipping around because it also skipped over time very quickly. Freshman year was all of a sudden Sophomore year. What I didn’t like about it was that all the characters were in the same position and had the same conflicts as the year before. There wasn’t really any progression.

You could tell Fame was trying to have substantial characters and story lines because every once in a while we would get small tidbits of a characters life and struggles but not enough to really know the character or really care.

One thing I actually loved about the movie was the performances throughout the movie. They were very good. The actors were quite talented. I was obsessed with Kherington Payne, she played Alice. Her dancing was fantastic! I was so jealous! I want to dance like that!…like anything remotely good.

I didn’t really have a problem with Fame because I love watching people dance. I love all of those lame dancing movies like Step Up, Center Stage…they aren’t good but I will re-watch them a number of times because I am so drawn to the dancing. So, I wasn’t bothered by Fame until the end that is. The ending was a huge issue for me. Being a musical/dance movie the ending should have been phenomenal. It wasn’t. The ending was so anti-climatic. I was extremely disappointed. I was looking forward to the fantastic musical piece at the end, the fantastic ending every musical/dance movie is supposed to contain. The end performance was not nearly as good as the performances throughout the film

All in all Fame was sucky but highly entertaining.

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