SYNOPSIS: A reinvention of the original OscarÆ-winning
hit film, Fame follows a talented group of dancers, singers,
actors, and artists over four years at the New York City
High School of Performing Arts, a diverse, creative
powerhouse where students from all walks of life are given a
chance to live out their dreams and achieve real and lasting
fame...the kind that comes only from talent, dedication, and
In an incredibly competitive atmosphere, plagued by
self-doubt, each student’s passion will be put to the test.
†In addition to their artistic goals, they have to deal with
everything else that goes along with high school, a
tumultuous time full of schoolwork, deep friendships,
budding romance, and self-discovery.
As each student strives for his or her moment in the
spotlight, they’ll discover who among them has the innate
talent and necessary discipline to succeed. †With the love
and support of their friends and fellow artists, they’ll
find out who amongst them will achieve Fame…
REVIEW: In a time in
which singing and dancing reality shows are almost part of our
daily conversations. You can’t argue that this was not the
right time to re-image one of the 80’s most famous musicals,
Fame. Unfortunately, for the filmmakers and fans of the original
show, the end result proof to be a film that fell short in
almost every category.
I wanted Fame
to be superb, because I really enjoy a good musical film.
However the film disappoints from the very beginning. The
approach taken by the filmmakers of making the film look like a
documentary in the beginning, just made the film slow for
the first 20
minutes. I was just wondering when is there going to be any
interaction between the characters. This is probably why there
is no connection between the characters and the audience. Almost
an hour into the movie, you get the feeling that you don’t
care about any of them. To make things worst there are too many
characters to follow throughout the length of the film.
In terms of
performance the cast did the best that they could.
This group is talented and the film doesn’t offer a
fair share of exposure to the entire group. Its only at the end
of the film in which we get to see a glimpse of what
they are capable of doing. There is no doubt that the
film lacks energy. Energy that makes its appearance too late in
the movie with a couple of good dancing and singing
One of the
positive aspects of Fame was their attempt to send the message
to teenagers of the consequences of taking short cuts in life.
Overall Fame fails to deliver what fans wanted
to see. It is obvious that the filmmakers had a desire of
creating something different, but the approach did not paid off
at the end.
Review By The Critic
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