Admit One: A Journey Into Film by Emmett James
A journey into film. Sounds really interesting. In fact, quite a few people thought so (I will link to their reviews at the end of this review). I am sorry to say, I did not happen to agree with these people, perhaps partly because I had such high expectations from their reviews.
According to the back of the book:
…Admit One details how self-deprecating writer Emmett James escaped from the pains of adolescence by going to the cinema.
I suppose this is a fairly accurate description of the book, but it simply wasn’t how it felt to me. I didn’t feel that there was always a strong connection between the films and James’ life, as I expected there would be. I felt like this was simply a memoir of someone with a rough childhood who happened to go to the movies alot, I didn’t quite buy that movies were something that truly influenced who James was, other than making him want to be an actor.
Even then, this could be a story if James had overcome the odds to make it big. Instead, he dons a pair of rubber breasts for a boxing match scene and photoshops pictures of Nicholas Cage’s wedding. Yes, he finally makes his way into the James Cameron’s “Titanic”, but even there he didn’t exactly have the lead role.
By no means do I think only ‘big’ people should be allowed to write memoirs, but I just didn’t quite see the reason for James’. I thought he made some very bad choices and didn’t come across as a very likeable person. I also thought the book could have used another read through by an editor.
Although I didn’t enjoy this book, you might if you are really into film. Or, perhaps, if you are somewhat older than me and would have seen in the theaters the same films that James did, instead of watching them later on TV or VHS.
Four people who would disagree with my review:
Ticket to Anywhere
Two people who would agree with my review:
From the Mixed-Up Files