The Gist: A teenage boy into rock ‘n roll and writing gets the chance of a lifetime from Rolling Stones Magazine: write a piece on an up-and-coming rock band while he follows them around on their concert tour.
Here’s a movie I had been wanting to watch for a long time and doesn’t disappoint. The Oscar winning script is well written and thoroughly develops the many different characters. Both direction and editing are well done and the cinematography perfectly conjures up the feel of the 70s.
The acting however is what stands out. From the dreamy Billy Crudup to the steely Frances McDormand, from the whimsical Kate Hudson (whom I really liked) to the purely innocent Patrick Fugit, from the bouncy Zooey Deschanel to the over masculine Jason Lee, everyone is perfectly cast and does an outstanding job.
The Bottom Line: This movie is fun to watch, is well acted, directed, written, and edited, is funny and sad in equal parts, and is a very well told story overall. An instant classic.