For a feature filmmaking debut starring a cast of relative unknowns, Not Fade Away has been drawing quite a bit of attention. Because the first-timer at the helm isn’t just anyone, you see — it’s Sopranos creator David Chase. If television today has shed its reputation as cinema’s lesser sibling, it’s because of high-quality entertainments like Chase’s beloved mob drama. Translating that knack for storytelling into filmmaking just seems like a natural next step.

And yet, if anything, Chase’s work in Not Fade Away actually emphasizes what the two mediums don’t have in common. In Chase’s hands, a premise that could’ve worked equally well for TV or film turns into a messy, meandering movie that feels like it should’ve been a 13-episode season of an HBO drama.

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