The High Note is a comedy/drama with visions of grandeur and beginner expertise. A watered-down fairy-tale model of A Star is Born from the angle of the producers, it manages to carry its personal because it hits the correct notes, even the excessive ones.
Maggie Sherwoode (Dakota Johnson) has at all times dreamed of being a music producer. She lands what she thinks is the best job, working as a private assistant for an iconic although maybe fading musical expertise, Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross). While Grace extremely depends upon Maggie to maintain her related within the music business, Maggie mistakenly thinks that the more durable she works as an assistant, the extra doubtless she’s going to get her shot to provide.
In addition to the grueling hours she places into her job, Maggie nonetheless stays dedicated to producing, leaping at any doable alternative to show herself. When Maggie meets an up-and-coming new artist, David (Kelvin Harrison Jr.), she takes him on as a second shopper, and their attraction to one another grows in consequence. She then finds herself stretched a bit skinny, with everybody needing extra of her time and vitality. Despite Maggie’s excessive vitality and love of the game, even she reaches a breaking level as issues begin crumbling round her. Maggie and Grace want to determine the crux of their relationship – are they really associates, or is the friendship paid for by Grace?
While The High Note doesn’t carry something new to the desk, it does paint a quiet portrait of what it’s actually like engaged on all sides of the music business. From assistants, to disc jockeys, to producers, to artists, there are a lot of roles at work across the scene. Even the bit roles are stuffed effectively, and all of it comes collectively to create an prolonged slice-of-life scene.
Director Nisha Ganatra (Transparent, Cosmopolitan) prospers within the quiet moments, whereas the spoken phrases listed here are pretty on-the-nose. She imbues a cut-and-paste script with sufficient attraction to fill the operating time, pulling from the lot of expertise to make one thing fairly good.
Newcomer author Flora Greeson has created an intriguing story by which the principle character just isn’t notably fascinating, however she is heroic and tenacious. The diva character is well-written with loads of subtlety. The precise love story is with music and is sort of an afterthought, and whereas extremely scripted, it’s palatable since the remainder of the shifting components maintain pushing the movie ahead.
Ultimately, there may be a lot to love in The High Note, and little to offend. Los Angeles tradition and the music enterprise are proven in an intriguing, girl-power story that goals excessive and lands someplace above the center.