The movie The Interview has taken over the headlines, but what people should be talking about is Chris Rock’s new flick Top Five. Why? Because it’s actually good.
Top Five – starring, written and directed by Rock – tells the story of Andre Allen (Rock), a popular comedic actor who wants to make a change in his career by taking on more dramatic roles. To add to the stress of Allen’s serious acting debut is the fact that he is about to have a very public wedding to the “it” girl of reality TV – Erica Long (Gabrielle Union). To keep Allen in the news, management (Kevin Hart) teams him up with journalist Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) to get the scoop about Allen’s soon-to-be nuptials and new movie role. What follows is a day in NYC full of questions, answers and laughs as well as lots of cameo appearances by some of the funniest folks in the game including: Cedric the Entertainer, Jerry Seinfeld, Tracy Morgan, Adam Sandler, Whoopi Goldberg and “Saturday Night Live” cast members Jay Pharoah and Leslie Jones.
Without giving anything away, I will say that despite there being several laugh-out-loud moments in the movie, things take a bit of a serious plot twist when Allen comes face-to-face with his inner demons and fears that center around the star’s battle with alcoholism. The decisions he makes by the end of the day will affect his career and personally life in ways he hadn’t planned on.
The movie gets its name from a question that is asked periodically throughout the story: Who are your top five performers in the history of hip-hop? The question may seem like a simple one, but when you really think about it and try to answer it, you may find yourself having a hard time picking just five.
Rock has written and starred in the flicks CB4 (1993), Head of State (2003) and I Think I Love My Wife, but Top Five is by far his best effort yet (and in my opinion he gets extra kudos for being the director too). It makes me proud to see talented people creating their own projects that carry a high level of quality. The only thing that would make the ending to the story perfect is if people went out and supported the work of these creatives. So, if you’re in the mood for a fun movie, go get your giggle on by supporting Rock. You’ll be happy that you did.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering who my top five are, you can see my list below (which is in no particular order):
Marti’s Top Five
- Run DMC
- Public Enemy
- MC Lyte
- Mos Def
*Honorable mentions to LL Cool J, Rakim and Heavy D.
I know that’s eight and not five, but I told you this was hard. You give it a try. Leave your top five in the comments area. :-)
Until next time…