Film: The High Note

Opened: May 29, 2020

Directed by: Nisha Ganatra

Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Zoë Chao, Ice Cube, Jonathan Freeman, June Diane Raphael, Deniz Akdeniz, Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, Diplo, Eugene Cordero & Marc Evan Jackson

Though it never digs as deep as you want it to, The High Note remains a great romantic comedy-drama lifted by fantastic acting.

Serving as an assistant to pop singer Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross) for three years, Maggie Sherwoode (Dakota Johnson) has higher aspirations of becoming a music producer. She finds unsigned singer David Cliff (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), but struggles to play the charade as Grace goes through a professional struggle.

Johnson and Ross have great chemistry and play off each other well with their quirky comedic sides. The daughter of legendary singer Diana Ross, the latter also gets to show off her vocals for the first time.

There’s some great commentary on women over 40 in the entertainment industry, but it doesn’t feel resolved in a slightly rushed ending.

Final say: Almost hit the high note. ★★★★☆

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