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Jumbled and Thin Characters with a side of Indulgence
David Chase's anticipated Not Fade Away not only jumbles itself into an
indulgent story, constantly keeping the audience at an arm's length but
it's overly stretched and uneven not utilizing the strong talents in
the film like James Gandolfini, Jack Huston, and John Magaro. A natural
comparison to Almost Famous (2000), the film doesn't hold a candle to
Cameron Crowe's homage to music. Showcasing outstanding music of the
1960′s and 1970′s, Chase manages to capture moments of the young
adolescent mind longing to be more. Lead Magaro delivers a character
transformation of mind and body, a turn that elevates the film
considerably. The great Jack Huston, an actor that will likely be one
of the biggest things in Hollywood any minute now, delivers an
aggressive supporting turn reminiscent of Channing Tatum's work in A
Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006). Bella Heathcote shows
tenderness and promise but undervalued and virtually unused. James
Gandolfini, stands out with charisma and garners much of the big
laughs. A great character actor like Gandolfini should be given room to
move. The film ultimately fails because it never feels like Chase knows
his film or where he wants it to go. The last twenty minutes feel
unneeded, unearned, and thrown together for an "artistic" catalyst with
no emotional or technical effect whatsoever. A large disappointment.
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