Friday, December 28, 2012
Not Fade Away
The fourth quarter of 2012 has overwhelmingly been a great time for films. I've been giving out A's and A-'s left and right. But all good things must come to an end, and my double header this week of 'Playing for Keeps' and now 'Not Fade Away' was the one-two punch that did it in.
'Sopranos' creator David Chase takes a leap from the small screen to the big screen with this coming-of-age throwback to the early days of rock-n-roll of the 60's. And he brings Tony Soprano's alter ego, James Gandolfini, along for the ride, as the stereotypical bigoted, blue-collar, head-of-household dad who can't understand why his son opts to grow out his hair, form a rock band, and date the local hot chick rather than stay in school. Duh, dad. Duh. Gandolfini's sporadic and brief appearances are the only things worth watching in this amateur cornball borefest. The rest of the cast is completely unengaging, the script is paper thin, and the end was as unsatisfying as the beginning and middle. I'd say that Mr. Chase should return to TV where he spent his career, but that's not really how I feel. Truthfully, his TV work was always overrated, and perhaps it's time for the public to wake up and see what I have been saying for a decade. (I sure hope I don't get whacked for that statement.)