Fame (2009)

Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Writer: Allison Burnett 
Producers: Mark Canton/Gary Lucchesi/Tom Rosenburg/Richard Wright 
Starring: Naturi Naughton/Collins Pennie/Kay Panabaker/Asher Book/Kelsey Grammer
Year: 2009
Country: US
BBFC Certification:
PG
Duration: 107 minutes

I saw the old Fame last year and I liked it and when I learned that they made a new Fame, I thought ‘another remake? really, do we need it?’ but I’ve got to say it works. Fame, the movie with the same name as the 1980’s classic, is about students who want to have their time in the spotlight and want to become successful and famous. The movie follows some of the talented students of singers, actors, dancers and musicians covering their four years in the New York City High School of Performing Arts. Students come from different backgrounds of life and are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make their dream a reality and have the one thing they all have in common: their passion to get fame. But, once famously quoted, fame costs and so the students embark on life lessons on love, friendship, loss and life and realise they have to work very hard and be dedicated if they want to get anywhere and be somebody. With the support of family and friends and each student’s time drawing closer to graduation, only then do they find out whether they’re truly cut out for fame.

If any of you are wondering, this is not like High School Musical. Shockingly, this is a very good remake (well, I wouldn’t say it’s a remake but an updated version but many people call it a remake).  The students are very likeable and the acting is so-so, the actress who stuck out with her fantastic singing voice was Naturi Naughton and her version of the songs “Out Here On My Own” and “Fame” were brilliant. The dance sequences were phenomenal and actually made you want to get off your seat and join them. The storyline was good and it sent the usual message this type of movie sends and delivers the whole ‘you can make it if you believe in you’ message which worked as it would in this movie.

I’m genuinely surprised as this was better than I expected it to be but it’s not better than the original. My criticisms are that one or two of the actors had their moments of great acting and then it went to poor however this wouldn’t put you off the movie as the singing and dancing triumphs. Another criticism is that there wasn’t enough Naturi Naughton for me, I wanted to hear her sing more, her voice is phenomenal! For me, I thought it was fantastic and I’m shocked at how much I liked it. If you’re a fan of the 80’s Fame, then you’ll love this! This is two hours of feel-good fun.

7/10
Great movie, good acting with a good storyline that sends a solid message. Naturi Naughton’s voice is simply brilliant.

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