A former boy band star unexpectedly gets a second shot at success when he forms a bond with a gifted young drummer.
The premise is perfect for a feelgood. Nothing like the story of the phoenix rising from the ashes and succeeding to make us recover our faith in the goodness of mankind, and the existence of justice, poetic or otherwise.
This British number is a guaranteed success on the streaming platform. In line with movies like Billy Elliot or Chariots of Fire, it tells the story of overcoming obstacles, and ultimately succeeding. With a good cast, a great script that is as realistic as it gets (other than the improbable outcome in the story, of course) it reflects London in all its charm, with a variety of characters that each contributes to make it a relatable story to many.
It does aim straight for the heart and hits the mark, so be warned, you will be smiling and feeling hopeful after this one.
Ed Skrein does a good job in the role as Vince the former boy band star, now in his thirties and still striving for a career in the music industry. His performance is natural, somewhat convincing and he gives the character the authenticity to bring the story into relief. But my favorite is Neil Stuke in the role as Dennis, he is by far more convincing not only thanks to his performance, but the character does come across as more realistic.
The photography in I Used to be Famous is good, without any fancy takes or big visual hooplas, as the movie leans more on the story, the dialogue, and keeps it real with filterless, straightforward shots of contemporary London – there are plenty of exterior takes that so well portray the grey days in the city.
All in all it is a quite enjoyable, feel-good movie perfect for a chilly fall evening. It tells a heartwarming story, without grand pretensions, and with really good performances.