If you want to talk about music of the 1960’s, then you’ve got my attention. “Not Fade Away” is a coming-of-age drama about some teenagers who want to hit it big by forming a rock band.
A great deal of their inspiration comes from groups like the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Delta blues musicians. Douglas (John Magaro) is dealing with the usual teen issues: girls and family. His dad, Pat (James Gandolfini) is a hard-headed blue-collar worker who thinks Douglas should go to college or into the military. But, such is life. It ain’t happening.
For baby boomers like myself, “Not Fade Away” is a musical treat. The songs used in the film are some of my favorites from that awesome decade that changed Rock and Roll forever. But, the story itself is a mess. The story is unfocused and, at times, directionless. Characters disappear. And, the whimsical ending seemingly comes out of nowhere.
The best I can do is give “Not Fade Away” a marginal recommendation. Something tells me this film will fade from theaters sooner than later. Grade: C.
Initial Opening Date: December 21, 2012
Dallas Opening Date: January 4, 2013
Run Time: 112 Minutes
Released by: Paramount Vantage