Movie Review: 'Not Fade Away'

Modified: December 20, 2012 at 11:20 am •  Published: January 4, 2013
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Chase tries to wedge too much of the 1960s into these people's lives, which means they are one-dimensional reflections of a much larger story. Chase and his music supervisor, Miami Steve Van Zandt of The E Street Band and “The Sopranos,” pour a lot into the film's music and create both realistic cover versions and some solid original songs, but the story of the band never builds beyond some rote rock band mythology tropes, including interpersonal fighting, love triangles, breakups and a pivotal near-tragedy that echoes Dylan's history. Chase ends the film on an arbitrary and unsatisfying note, and “Not Fade Away” fades away like a morose, less energetic “That Thing You Do” with less to say about what it means to not really make it in rock 'n' roll.

George Lang


MOVIE REVIEW

‘Not Fade Away'

R1:522 stars

Starring: John Magaro, Will Brill, James Gandolfini, Molly Price, Bella Heathcote.

(Pervasive language, some drug use and sexual content)

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