I don’t normally see dramas in the theater unless there’s someone in the film that I really love and/or it’s a subject that’s personal to me. Mostly because I save my pennies for big scifi and action flicks (or period pieces) that really do need to be seen on the big screen. But this, well. It’s Chris Rock, so how could I not go?
This, first of all, is not a comedy. There are hilarious parts, but it’s a drama. Just so you don’t go in expecting a comedy and think the movie sucks because it’s not what you expected. This is the convergence of reality tv and reality, insofar as reality touches celebrities. Chris Rock plays a comedian/actor who’s trying to get Hollywood – and the world – to take him seriously with his latest movie release and isn’t having much luck. Everyone’s paying more attention to his upcoming wedding to a reality star, played by the awesome Gabrielle Union. Traveling the last leg of his media junket with him is a NY Times reporter, played by Rosario Dawson who’s got secrets of her own.
I loved this film. Seriously. There aren’t many movies where my writer-brain completely turns off and stops nit-picking what I’m watching, whether it’s tv or movies, but Top Five succeeded. The acting, writing, and directing were all outstanding. I was alternately laughing hard enough to make my stomach hurt and wincing at the real life moments that make all of us cringe, even when they happen to other people.
If this is playing where you are, I highly recommend you go see it! If we vote with our pocketbooks with movies like this, then maybe Hollywood would make movies like this. Because they should.