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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but not like the stage version/previous film
I can see why some people didn't like the fact that it doesn't focus on only one or two characters but I liked that, made it more like an insight into a performing arts school which obviously is what the film is meant to be about.
I enjoyed trying to link the characters to the ones on stage or in the old film however if you think it is going to be the same as...
Published on 26 Sep 2010 by A. Reynolds
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lame, I wanna dig a river, rather than watch this again.
Now I may be a cynical man appoaching middle age, but I was also a boy that grew up loving the original series. So having a teeneage daughter who has enjoyed (obsessed) the high school musical phenomena (I certainly don't understand it) I thought I would go in open minded and give it a go.
This film is neither the old fame (gritty) nor HSM (lighter than helium) and...
Published on 7 Feb 2010 by R. harding-brooks
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3.0 out of 5 stars good,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)not as good as the 1st one but quite enjoyable to watch when its wet windy outside and u want to just chill
1.0 out of 5 stars WHY??????,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)really why why why? this is such an atrocious film that even at a penny I feel ripped off. The film in no way takes into account the Step Up. Save the Dance. High School Musical or even Glee that burst out as children (and grandchildren) of the original Fame film which was adrenalin fuelled with the promise of a new hope for the future. This one looks more dated than that original one. The "new"(??) fame has dated dance routines, hip hop music, come on please how dated is that. The performances are uninspiring, the story (or lack of it) gives no actor a chance to develop his/her character. This is so disgraceful a mess I can only assume that nobody involved will be including it on their CV.
Kelsey Grammar has the grace to look embarrassed and Megan Mullally at least gets to sing a song but the whole thing makes it the most depressing film of the 21st century so far. What had once been a beacon of hope for the performing arts has been reduced to a bleak wino's drunken fantasy. AVOID at all costs, wish I had
1.0 out of 5 stars just watch the show at the end to save yourself pain.,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)Shallow and cliched, annoying and trite. Absolutely a million miles away from the Fame TV series (the early seasons that is) and an insult to the original movie.
Why did they make it? Well it probably seemed like a good idea to begin with but half way through production they all must have realised it was a lost cause! None of the characters seem real and the acting is pretty poor like they are trying too hard to impress or something. In fact the whole movie was surreal with reactions to events and problems being totally pretentious and unreal.
Like the title of this review says the show at the end is the only thing worth watching and that's saying something. If you had anything to do with this film don't be sad because there are hundreds of films just as bad and even the TV series had some terribly cringe worthy episodes too. This film certainly puts the lid on the coffin of the Fame thing for good though...............now lets move on shall we.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fame dvd,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)Sometimes remakes are better than the original movie! Brilliant movies, very inspiring! Makes you want to get up and dance!
3.0 out of 5 stars Fame,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)Didn't rate this film much. Especially when you have seen the original series. It didnt have a story line at all and was a bit boring really.
1.0 out of 5 stars shopgirl,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)i was expecting something like step up, but with a igger plot, the film was not very "flowing" which let the film down, there was no particular storyline, and it seemed as though if it had had a clearer story line and was less "blocky" it would have been a fab film, unfortunatley it was not!
2.0 out of 5 stars New Fame,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)This film tries to cover too many character's stories. It would have been better to concentrate on a few.
Still prefer the original.
Music is okay - but the title song only appears at the end of the film.
Glad I didn't go to the cinema to watch this one.
1.0 out of 5 stars Fame (2009),
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This film would be OK if you have not seen the 1980s film or series. Found the film far too long and very SLOW - very disappointing. Not worth buying on Blu-ray.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the old Fame that I know and Love.....,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)Well, what a disappointment. In the words of another reviewer I was expecting this to be "gritty" with amazing storylines for the characters. Somehow this remake seemed to totally miss the emotional rollercoaster of emotions of the characters from the original film and series. In the series you really get to know the characters and can really empathise with them. Where was the powerful storyline about the kid who lost his sister? and never had his dad around?. This what the old fame was all about. The reason I am so disappointed with this film is that it started with the promise of a really great movie, but turned into a slightly grittier version of High School Musical.
If you want a film about dancing with grittier story lines then I would not recommend this. I would recommend Step Up, Turn it Up or Save the last Dance, all these films are true grit and you really get caught up in the emotion of the characters.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too many characters-Not very good,
This review is from: Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] (DVD)This remake of Fame really isn't very good.
The main problem is that there are too many characters whose progress through the School for the Performing Arts we are expected to follow. There must be at least ten "major" characters. This means the film rushes from one to another too quickly for us to get involved in their stories or have much empathy with them.
The script is pretty poor as well. Some of the dialogue and situations are very clichéd. It seems more like a film version of the 80's TV series rather than the Alan Parker film. The young cast do their best in the circumstances but the material isn't great. You'd wonder why the producers bothered hiring reasonably big names like Kelsey Grammer when his role is very incidental. Maybe a lot of his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
The musical numbers aren't really memorable either. The graduation show at the end isn't far removed from High School Musical.
Unfortunately I don't think I could recommend this even as a DVD rental.
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Fame: Extended Dance Edition [DVD] by Kevin Tancharoen (DVD - 2010)