Top Five Movie Review
What was the last good Chris Rock movie you saw? I can't remember either. Thankfully, Top Five is here to give a reprieve to your failing memory--and it may be the funniest movie of 2014.
Chris Rock stars as Andre, a comedian-turned-celebrity who looks, acts and sounds a lot like Chris Rock. The poor bastard has lost his passion for jokes, his movie career has tanked as a result, and he is unwittingly starring in his fiancee's reality wedding show.
Top Five plays like a funnier version of Before Sunrise, which basically has Andre and a journalist (Rosario Dawson) wandering around New York City for an hour and a half, talking about life, love, drugs and unexpected foursomes. Understandably R-rated due to pervasive language and sexual content, Top Five features Chris Rock at his finest.
Rock zings one-liners all over the place while establishing a deep, likable and severely flawed character in Andre. Even if you're not a huge fan of the comedian--but still appreciate his humor in small doses--it'll be hard for you to deny Top Five's appeal. The movie, which balances comedic and dramatic elements extremely well, is downright hilarious at times. And by "at times," I mean quite frequently.
- A flashback to Andre's wilder years that shows him hitting rock bottom in one of the worst ways possible
- Jerry Seinfeld throwing dollar bills at strippers
- A certain rapper attempting to serenade
Dawson is good as well, though she is mainly a receptacle for Rock's antics. Nonetheless, her rapport and chemistry with the comedy is believable, and the film's ending incredibly touching.
Top Five is a fast-paced, hilarious comedy-drama that hits all the right notes. You may not have seen too many good Chris Rock movies over the year, but Top Five makes up for all of the duds.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.