In "Not Fade Away," David Chase transports the audience into the not-so-distant past, the 1960s, a time in which The Rolling Stones and The Beatles have just made it big and the Vietnam War is enlisting young men.
He takes us back to a time in which the Civil Rights Movement was in full swing, the free speech movement was on a rise, the sexual revolution has taken off, a time when people began to care more about gay rights and when the younger generation fought against war. A time when Rock n Roll has been on a rise and taken the world by storm.
John Magaro plays Douglas, a young man who has grown up listening to the “greats” of Rock n Roll.
Douglas feels the soul of the music and decides to learn the drums. He joins a band, sometimes singing and sometimes drumming, and hopes to make it big with them eventually.
This movie is about Douglas’s coming-of-age, dealing with all of the elements of the sixties that made it such an interesting period and all elements of a teenager’s journey into adulthood.
Teenagers of the current generation can easily relate to Douglas.
From his conflicted relationship with his father (James Gandolfini) who wishes he would go into a stable career and stop wearing “high heels” to the reckless decisions he and his band members make such as lighting fireworks on stage to his on-and-off relationship with his girlfriend (Bella Heathcote), Douglas deals with problems and faces situations surprisingly similar to those of teenagers today like alcoholism, drug abuse, and surviving college.
This movie, produced and directed by the creator of "The Sopranos," is interesting because it depicts what life was like during the Cultural Revolution and because it illustrates the interesting story of a young man and his band, trying to become famous.
The movie ends rather abruptly, leaving many questions left unanswered. Still the ending enhances the movie as it leads viewers thinking about the core message within the movie.
The great music played throughout the film and the captivating storyline make the movie a fascinating view.