The remake of the 1980s film Fame has captured the heart of the original movie: the amazing talent of its actors. Fresh faces fill the screen with their talents of singing, dancing, acting and producing music and film.
Like the original Fame, it follows students through their four years at a performing arts school in New York. We are, however, introduced to new characters including singer Marco, actress Jenny, film director Neil, dancer Alice, classical pianist Naturi and rapper-actor Collins.
We see these students go through periods of doubt in themselves and their abilities, fall in love, discover new talents and we see them succeed. The movie portrays their love and passion for their art in such a way that you believe they want more than anything to live out their dreams.
The movies deals with issues that are forever relevant to its targeted teenage audience: underage drinking, disobeying parents, self-doubt, finding yourself, young love and the touchy topic of suicide. Its characters are widely varied in economic status, race and personality so each person can feel as though they relate to someone.
The way in which the movie presents the idea of suicide may be a bit extreme considering when I looked around the theatre there were many new teenagers and even kids who have yet to reach their teen years. Some might not understand what was happening, but they would certainly have looked to their parents for an explanation.
I wouldn’t call it a musical. Though the cast broke out in song and dance often, it wasn’t always as a way of telling the story. It was often just simply song and dance. For people who aren’t musical fans the movie would probably be an annoyance and maybe even a bore, but it does allow teenagers to see they aren’t the only ones who deal with such confusing emotions.
Whether the 2009 Fame lives up to the standard of the original is based on personal taste, but it did a great job at representing the heart and soul of the performing arts students and portraying their love for their art.