Didn’t quite hit the note
MAGGIE (Dakota Johnson) is a personal assistant at the beck and call of one of the biggest music stars in the world, Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross).
She is good at what she does, but what she really wants to be is a music producer.
With manager Jack (Ice Cube) preventing Maggie from convincing Grace to hire her as such, she turns her attentions to aspiring musician David (Kelvin Harrison Jr) after seeing him perform outside a grocery store.
Neglecting to tell him she is not technically a professional, she persuades him to be her first client, but it is not long before juggling two jobs begins to take its toll.
The High Note is a film of sumptuous locations, enviable clothes, amusing jokes and low stakes.
Johnson’s trademark chilled vibes, quirky humour and fringe are used to full effect, yet because of this she fails to portray any real passion and drive for her supposed lifelong dream.
Ellis Ross, daughter of Diana Ross, gives wonderful nuance to the character of spoilt celebrity, and the film touches on the sexism, racism and ageism of being a black woman over 40 in the music industry.
It is a shame a bland romance between Maggie and David sidelines the plot from these aspects.
But for pure entertainment, The High Note is a pleasant escape into summery the shiny world of wealth and fame.
Tracee Ellis Ross as Grace Davis.