The High Note
I will be honest with you. I miss the movie theaters. Sitting in the dark theater with my popcorn and the amazing surround sound just makes movies that much better. It helps to set the mood for the movie and draw you in. Due to current events through right now theaters are closed, but we still get movie releases. They are just now released on VOD. For some movies, this is unfortunate because part of the movie relies on the movie theater experience. But I feel if a movie is really good then releasing on VOD doesn’t affect it, and that is how I feel about The High Note. Keep reading to hear all my thoughts on the movie and how you can watch it yourself.
Review for Geek for E
If you are looking for a short absolutely non-spoiler review of The High Note you can check out my short spoiler-free review for Geek for E HERE.
The High Note Movie Synopsis
Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights, and Maggie (Dakota Johnson), her overworked personal assistant. While stuck running errands, Maggie still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace’s manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.Focus Features
The High Note checked every box for me when it comes to a drama or romance movie. This was actually a really good movie for Dakota Johnson, who plays Maggie, and her acting style. The chemistry between her, Tracee Ellis Ross who plays Grace Davis, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. who plays David, is on point. The chemistry is so good it draws you in and you cannot help but root for them. But even though Dakota Johnson is good in The High Note it is Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Tracee Ellis Ross who are the standouts in the movie. They are the actors who make the chemistry spark. The High Note is a movie that helps to remind you to follow your heart and your dreams and to not let anyone tear you down. Here is what I loved and what I disliked about the movie.
What I loved
I loved the acting of Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Tracee Ellis Ross, and the amazing soundtrack. (I will be purchasing the Blu-ray and soundtrack when they release. Haha!) Every time Kelvin or Tracee sang I got goosebumps. (I have goosebumps just thinking about it. Haha!) The movie was what I personally needed to see and hear right now, and I am sure it will be that way for a lot of people. Everyone knows someone who has been told they aren’t good enough. Or been in a situation where they either choose something that is comfortable or takes that scary leap. It’s hard, but The High Note and the actors do a phenomenal job portraying these situations.
What I didn’t like
Some parts of the movie start bordering on being slow, and it might be a turn off for some. Also, I feel some of the strong language is not necessary, but I also understand a lot of people cuss more than I do. Haha! Personally, I wish there wasn’t so much language so that my kids could watch it with me so I could watch it more often. Haha!
Overall I give The High Note an A. It is a dazzling movie, and I feel it and its soundtrack will become instant classics. The High Note doesn’t need a theater release to make it better and can stand on its own two feet without it, and is worth a rent and a purchase. The movie also stars Ice Cube, Diplo, Bill Pulman, Zoe Chao, and June Diane Raphael. The High Note is PG-13 due to strong language and ever so slight suggestive references. Available VOD starting 5/29/2020. Click HERE to find out how you can watch.