TOP FIVE was written and directed by Chris Rock. I've never been a die hard fan, but he's intelligent and pokes fun with a purpose. When I heard this film was coming out, I grew curious. I watched the trailer and it definitely intrigued me, but after seeing it, I think I've changed my mind about him.
The movie stars Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union and a slew of cameo performances. The film's main character, Andre Allen (Chris Rock) is doing his best to promote a disastrous attempt at serious film after having a long run of hits in a string of comedies called Hammy and the Bear. One of his attempts is to talk to a reporter (Rosario Dawson) for the day to show that he's turned over a new leaf.
First off, I enjoyed this film. It's smart, hilarious, and engaging from beginning to end. The cameos in this film are some of the best I've ever seen. From DMX to Jerry Seinfeld, no matter how big or small the part was, everyone delivered.
One of the great things about this film is that he doesn't pull back the punches. He's ok with offending some people because that's what comedians do! They make fun of shit and nothing is off limits if you know what you're doing.
There are some parts that are cliche, but to me, I have yet to see a movie in the last ten years that was completely original. The only character I wasn't fond of was the reality television star portrayed by Gabrielle Union. There could've been more to her story that made for an in depth character, but she was simply a place holder, and when it came time for her to be emotional and for us to possibly have a smudge of sympathy for her, it seemed forced and unbelievable.
Though it's definitely a comedy, there's plenty of drama to go around. Reminiscent of a Woody Allen movie, it doesn't give me the creeps like a Woody Allen movie. It could just be that Woody Allen gives me the creeps.
Overall, the story was solid and the characters were interesting. He had some great moments in there that kept the story from becoming stale and the main characters weren't one note. They were genuine with flaws and the ability to change and grow. As a director, he played to most of the other actor's strengths and I believe he stretched himself in his own character as well.
I enjoyed it immensely and can't wait to see what else he has in store for us. If it's anything like this, I'm sure it'll be something to behold.
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