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Fame My Reviews 30 SEP 2009

Fame PosterChantelle dragged me on Friday night to go and catch Fame, the 2009 loose remake of the pretty well known 1980’s film of the same name. The film is directed by newcomer Kevin Tancharoen who is better known for his dancing and choreography, having specifically worked with both Madonna and Britney Spears in the past, as well as for co-creating DanceLife on MTV. The movie stars a host of fresh young faces and talent, including the likes of Naturi Naughton and Kay Panabaker to name but a few, and in addition throws in slightly heavier back-up with veteran names like Kelsey Grammar, Bebe Neuwirth, Charles S. Dutton and Megan Mullally of all people.

The story is in essence a reinvention of the original 1980 film, and as such, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers, actors and musicians over a four year period at the New York City High School of Performing Arts, starting right from the beginning auditions and then progressing all the way through to final graduation. There are a number of diverse characters, all with their own stories and backgrounds and the film latches onto as many of these sub-plots as possible, giving just about everyone a fair share of the screenplay.

However, herein lies its failing as far as I’m concerned. Despite the excellent performances put in by virtually all of the actors, the film’s insistence on stuffing in as much story threads as possible ultimately hurts it because the jumping around between characters fails to allow the audience to form an attachment to any one single character, meaning that by the closing credits one can’t help but feel completely detached from the film as a whole, completely emotionally unmoved and sitting with a sinking feeling that you just wasted a whole lot of precious time from your lifespan (even if there were some pretty nifty dance routines to take in).

It’s a pity really because I felt that the film is just about as polished as you can get. Great acting performances, brilliant sound and song choices, great videography and some superb choreography and dancing routines, and yet this is all wasted thanks to the one simple decision of not focusing on a single story line. (Yes I understand that the original didn’t either, but you’d think things get better with time, wouldn’t you?)

In summary, Fame is a film that simply plods along. It looks great and it’s as shiny as hell, but if you are expecting an enjoyable emotional roller-coaster of a dance movie like Step Up or even Save the Last Dance, I’m afraid you are in for quite a bit of a disappointment.

After all, not even Chantelle left impressed, and that should just about say it all! :)

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And it’s Back to the Grindstone! My Life 28 SEP 2009

Man, what an awesome four day mini-holiday that I’ve just come off of! :)

Thanks to yet another project deadline bungle I was offered the choice of working late on Tuesday to make a Wednesday deadline and get Friday off in return, an offer which was of course simply to good to refuse! And with the Heritage Day public holiday on Thursday, what a way to kick off a super long weekend!

I’ll break everything down into more detail when I get a chance of course, but for now an executive summary will suffice, so I’ll start things off by mentioning the fabulous fondue (held in lieu of a braai thanks to the shitty weather in GB) featuring Damen, Michelle, Rob, Laluna, Chantelle and yours truly on Thursday afternoon/evening, followed by a trip through to Ratanga on Friday with C (who turns out to be rather scared of anything remotely resembling a roller-coaster), and then rounded off with a viewing of Fame, which despite it’s excellent production values turned out to be a rather tepid and boring affair in my opinion.

Saturday Chantelle and I played tourists and went for a long drive around the Cape Peninsula and after a lunch at Fogeys in Muizenburg, ended up visiting with Claire at her offices for more than just a hour or two! Pizza treat for the Montgomery clan and then a spot of visiting with my folks, and that just about wrapped up Saturday nice and neatly.

Sunday, oh Sunday, started off with me busting up my piggy bank and laying down 11 big ones to purchase our very first 40″ Samsung Full HD LCD television, an absolute beauty if I say so myself! Then it was a quick lunch with the Montgomery clan and then off to GB where we set up the TV and got to grips with more wedding stuff, the end result being a particularly beautiful menu design and a 90% complete seating arrangement!

Oh, and did I mention that I enjoyed a healthy dose of squash battles on both Saturday and Sunday morning?

See, no wonder I’m so tired today at work! :)

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