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'The High Note' [Blu-ray+DVD+Digital]
(Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jr. Kelvin Harrison, Ice Cube, Bill Pullman, et al / Blu-ray+DVD+Digital / PG-13 / 2020 / Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)

Overview: 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.

Blu-ray Verdict: Just so we're all on the same page here, 'The High Note' is a new romantic music film directed by Nisha Ganatra, the director of Chutney Popcorn and Code Academy.

The film is about Maggie (Dakota Johnson), who works as a personal assistant to the famous singer Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross). Maggie tries to break through as a music producer in the music world, but Grace and her manager Jack Robertson (Ice Cube) provide little further help in making her desired career switch.

Grace later meets up-and-coming singer David Cliff (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) and tries to help him break into the music world and therefore pretends to be a music producer.

Maggie hopes that she will break through with David, but when it is discovered that she is not an official music producer, she can forget her dreams in the music world.

The music elements of this film are clearly visible. Cast members Tracee Ellis Ross and Kelvin Harrison Jr. ensure good and realistic singing in the film.

Both come across as credible as their own kind of singer, because Tracee comes across as an ambitious and somewhat arrogant singer due to her success, while David plays the rather nice but insecure starting singer.

Both have a good relationship with Dakota Johnson and her character. Tracee Ellis Ross is also the daughter of the famous singer Diana Ross and with this role she almost looks like her mother as a singer during her younger years.

The film's weaker point is the film script, as it was written by Flora Greeson and this is only the first film script she has written. With the exception of the musical genre, the romantic genre is somewhat obvious.

Furthermore, it is also written a bit messy, so it is not really clear whether the film should be more of a comedy or a drama film. Oh, and for those playing along at home, the actual "story" of the film is very similar to the story of the film 'Begin Again' that came out in 2013.

In closing though, and with it also being of a similar structure to 'The Devil Wears Prada' (minus the biting dialogue and insightful commentary on a high profile industry), 'The High Note' briefly touches on ageism, sexism, and nepotism, as well as the 'money vs art' question - but the purpose here is entertainment, not enlightenment.

True artists have an incessant need to create, often risking a comfortable position to stretch themselves - showing the iconic Capitol Records building a few times, and contrasting Maggie's Nova with Grace's Bugatti, doesn't quite make the philosophical statement that we'd expect for a deeper message.

Instead, it's a feel good movie. It's comfort food, and it's delivered with a crisp bow on top. And in these days, what more could you ask for? This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Bonus Features of:

Deleted/Alternate/Extended Scenes
The Dream Team: Inside the Creation of 'The High Note'
Making A Legend: The Grace Davis Story
"Like I Do": Original Song Music Video

'The High Note' [Blu-ray+DVD+Digital] is out August 11th, 2020 via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

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