Almost perfect. Original theatrical version is a 9. "Untitled" version is a 10. The music, the acting, the pacing, the cinematography, the story. It's all top notch. I don't say this lightly, but it is my favorite film of all time.
"The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool." - Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Almost Famous is THE MOVIE that I want to watch again for the very first time. Of course there are a few movies I feel this way about but this is THE one that I would watch again with fresh eyes if i could.
I remember very vividly the first time I watched Almost Famous. I was caught in it's glow and I didn't want it to end, ever.
On watching it for what must be the fifth time, I still adore it and still didn't want it to end... but it did, so someday soon I will watch it a sixth time, a seventh time and so on.
I'll tell you how I feel about this film but I can't use my own words because Roger Ebert has already perfectly articulated my thoughts on it: "Oh, what a lovely film. I was almost hugging myself while I watched it."
Very rarely do I ever finish a movie and want to watch it again immediately. Almost Famous is one of those films. Everything about this movie is perfect. Cameron Crowe really captured something that he was passionate about. Almost Famous is essentially Crowe's life as a teenager while he was writing for Rolling Stone, he lived this movie. I love Billy Crudup as Russell Hammond, who is one of the coolest characters ever portrayed on screen if you ask me. Jason Lee was also great as the lead singer, I really love everything Lee does and I will he'd get some more recognition for how great he is, but Kate Hudson is who really steals the show. Hudson has the performance of a lifetime in this movie as Penny Lane and you are drawn to her whenever she is on the screen. Almost Famous captures a point in time that will never grow old, this film will always be amazing and I recommend it to anyone, old or young. Almost Famous belongs in my stack of perfect films.
A movie you should go out of your way to get to watch, not on cable, but the full version. It's simply astonishing and amazing. You feel like you are there with a boy more or less coming of age and learning how hard the real world is. Two thumbs up.