“The Sopranos” creator David Chase’s feature-film debut, “Not Fade Away,” failed to impress the majority of critics upon its unveiling last week at the still-ongoing New York Film Festival. Now that the trailer has been released we’re starting to see why.
A coming-of-age drama set in the mid-1960s, “Not Fade Away” centers on three best friends in suburban New Jersey who decide to form a rock band, despite the reservations of their elders.
If that sounds a tad rote, it sure looks it too in the uninspired trailer that fails to show how “Not Fade Away” is any different from the countless films like it that have come before.
“Chase’s writing skills are evident in individual exchanges,” Eric Kohn wrote in his review out of NYFF, “but the pacing suffers from a randomized feel: Here, another argument with his parents; there, some aspirational chatter with the band; rants about Vietnam and nuclear paranoia abound. At least [Stevie] Van Zandt’s soundtrack provides a lively atmosphere to sustain the collage.”
Paramount Vantage opens the film in select theaters December 21.