One indication of how well DreamWorks’ “Almost Famous” played at Tuesday’s DGA screening came from the guest who took a few steps out of the theater, stopped dead, turned and gushed: “This is one of my favorite movies of all time.”
He wasn’t alone. After seeing what is unarguably the finest movie featuring Rolling Stone magazine (as though “Perfect” is much competition), Mo Ostin said, “This is the best rock ‘n’ roll film I’ve ever seen.” (OK, he does work for DreamWorks, but he’s still Mo Ostin.)
DreamWorks’ Walter Parkes said the key to the film’s success is that “it’s a music movie that’s not about music. It’s about the people affected by the music.”
For his part, director Cameron Crowe said he wanted to make “an ode to being a fan” and to show what it’s like “to be embarrassingly in love with music. Hopefully we caught a little of that.”
Among those on hand to catch the film were DreamWorks’ Jeffrey Katzenberg, Laurie MacDonald and Terry Press; stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson and Jason Lee; producer Ian Bryce; composer Nancy Wilson; tech consultant Peter Frampton; plus guests Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Neil Simon, Oliver Hudson, Sheryl Crow, Lauren Holly, Bryan Lourd and Jennifer Love Hewitt.