Smart, funny, multi-layered insight and politically astute (by ayesha-921-534378)
This is a must see movie, for anyone who is looking for great entertainment, conscious reflection on the signs of our times, great acting, writing and direction. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, I left the cinema beaming and had my mind totally exercised by the multi-layered messages and relevant political commentary that needs to be said - but said cleverly and subtlety so not to distress those who are less aware. Chris Rock is a genius - this movie is an example of his incredible talents manifested. Go see.
Top Five is Top Notch (by rcastl2335)
I've seen this movie twice now and I've absolutely enjoyed it both times. It's one of the very best movies I've seen this year. Always a smart, snappy stand up comic, it's great to see Chris Rock mature into both a good writer and a good actor. He's handles himself with a maturity and self-confidence--even in scenes where his character is faltering, that makes the movie shine. He and Rosario Dawson have great chemistry together, working off each other like Tracy and Hepburn. There's a long list of supporting characters, Gabriel Union and JB Smoove at the top of the <more>
group, that add both depth and hilarity to the film. There are at least 4 or 5 scenes that will go into the Comedy Hall of Fame, to boot. RUN to see this movie!
Don't listen to the white people. A great romantic comedy (by judethaduis)
Before I begin my review, I'll start by saying, I will not be surprised if IMDb removed this, because 99% of their users are whites "caucasians" if you care about being P.C . Please actually take the time to see this movie before you decide to skip. "Top five" is critically acclaimed and has won a handful of awards; how come it has such a low rating?The reasons for the low rating is because IMDb has so many caucasians on its platform.If you think I'm being ignorant, look up great black films like "Malcom X", "Do the right thing", "Menace 2 <more>
society", "Catch a fire", "Jungle fever", "12 years a slave". I could go on.Then, compare these movies to mediocre caucasian films like "Fault in our stars", "The notebook", "Trainwreck" "Bridge of spies" e.t.c and you'll see what I'm talking about.Top five is a brilliant romantic comedy that tackles racial issues brilliantly that's what pisses off the racist on here . The directing and cinematography is exquisite.You can tell that Chris Rock is inspired by Woody Allen, as he uses the same camera techniques you see in "Manhattan", "Bananas", e.t.c.I was actually expecting the reviews to point out the obvious homages to Woody Allen throughout the film, but I guess these racists were to irritated by the pro black messages to actually see the brilliance of this film. The storyline is nothing original, but the characters and pacing are top notch. I enjoyed the chemistry between Dawson and Rock.I laughed all the way through. Again, you'll have no problem laughing if you are a normal person and have no hatred towards black people. Top five is the best rom com since "500 Days Of Summer."
I'm most impressed with Rock's skills as a director and film writer! (by Hellmant)
'TOP FIVE': Four and a Half Stars Out of Five Chris Rock wrote, directed and stars in this comedy flick about a former stand-up comedian, and popular movie star, who tries to make it in serious film; while also marrying a reality TV star, on TV. It costars Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, J.B. Smoove and many others. It also features cameos from celebrities like Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, DMX, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler and Jerry Seinfeld. The film has gotten almost unanimously positive reviews from critics and has been nominated for multiple awards as well <more>
and it's also won a couple . I think it's a well made and funny movie and it deserves all the praise and recognition it's been getting too bad that doesn't result in big Box Office .Rock plays a celebrity, somewhat similar to himself, named Andre Allen. Allen was an extremely successful stand-up comedian, who also starred in a blockbuster film franchise called 'Hammy The Bear'. He also had some alcohol problems and legal issues though, in his past, and is now a recovering alcoholic. Allen is now engaged to a popular reality TV star, named Erica Long Union , that he's supposed to marry on TV. His first serious film, called 'Uprise' a movie about the violent Haitian revolution , is also being released that weekend. Fans just want to see him do more comedy and 'Hammy The Bear' films though. Allen's also agreed to do a detailed interview, with a reporter named Chelsea Brown Dawson , that same weekend too.The movie is funny but what I'm most impressed with, about the film, is Rock's skills as a director and film writer. I already knew he was funny, and could write and deliver a lot of good jokes, but I didn't know he was this talented of a filmmaker. Although some of the humor is pretty silly, it still feels like you're watching real people in real situations. Rock's commentary on the film business, stand-up comedy and reality TV seems pretty spot-on too. He's good in the lead and the supporting cast is almost equally as impressive; Dawson is always beautiful and likable to watch and Union is stunning and gorgeous too. The cameos are also to die for. It's just a really good film!Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: http://youtu.be/O9KTvaLDibs
This movie was funny, really funny. It made me laugh out loud. Because it made me laugh and enjoy myself I give it a nine. I have not seen a comedy in a long time that made me laugh out loud like that.That being said I do agree with the other reviewers about somethings. The flow was kind of bad. The acting was good but the writing was so-so. The romance was kind of bad. It was a little extra R rated if you know what I mean. But no star off for these things because black movies usually have extra r rating. And I did not go to see an ultimate production or a romance comedy, I just went to <more>
laugh. So it gets 9 stars.One star is taken off because I feel the main white character was not done justice. I am sensitive to these things because I like when there is black representation in movies, I get happy when there is a black guy in star wars. So when there is a black film, I think we cannot be hypocritical and have to have at least one strong white character. so one star off.
Funny, Charming and Thoroughly Entertaining (by trublu215)
Top Five marks the return to form of Chris Rock. Having been out of the spotlight for the past decade or so and only doing Sandler comedies such as Grown Ups, it is really great to see him return with a film like this. Top Five is undeniably funny and Chris Rock's script is so subtly satirical, it strikes a perfect balance between telling a story and developing well rounded characters. Featuring Rock himself with the likes of Tracy Morgan, Rosario Dawson, Top Five works very well as a character ensemble as well. Telling the story of an aging comedian who wants to do serious work within <more>
the Hollywood machine despite everyone telling him it isn't going to happen. You can't help but feel this project is personal for Rock. He didn't only write and star in it, but he directed the hell out of it as well. The best thing about Chris Rock as a director is that he knows what is funny and what is fatty material that can be cut out. Top Five is a brisk film and moves quickly, the jokes are sharp, the satire is hysterical and the performances are brilliant all across the board. There isn't much more a comedy can offer nowadays. Today's standard of comedy usually features Seth Rogen, Kevin Hart or Will Ferrell. While these three are talented in their own rights, it isn't the comedy of Chris Rock. The comedic films today are not edgy, they are safe and don't take risks. Chris Rock takes a huge risk here and it pays off ten fold. Top Five is a great film that should be enjoyed by audiences alike. It really has the perfect balance of comedy and satirical edge, it really is mesmerizing to see Chris Rock back on top of his game after years of wandering in mediocrity. Despite those past films, Top Five also sheds light on what Rock thinks of the industry in general and it is truly hilarious and, at the same time, hateful. This is great writing, great acting, great direction and an all around great comedy that definitely should be given a chance.
At the time of this review IMDb voters have scored this movie 7. I'm here to say it well deserves more than that -- and this from a really R-rated conservative moviegoer. I laughed through almost every minute of this film. Yes, it was the most uncomfortable laughter ever, like a big scary roller coaster ride. And when it was over, I said, "Whew!" And that's is precisely what shines about this film, and Chris Rock. He, and his writers, if there are any, are genius. The editing, and production alone were stellar. I CANNOT get the vision of Chris Rick blowing a feather out of <more>
his mouth in super slow motion... And every time I see it, it gets funnier, and funnier. Just don't take your first date, your mother, or your kids to see this film.
The critically acclaimed but underrated audience film Top Five is genius. Not only is it a return to glory for Chris Rock, it's a really great dramatic film. IMDb doesn't list it as drama, but I think the dramatic moments of Top Five were even better than the inevitably hysterical moments. It tells the story of Andre Allen, a comedian and movie star who is struggling to reach the heights of his early career while simultaneously being interviewed by a journalist and preparing for his wedding.Top Five caught me off guard. I figured with the cast it has and the premise that it presented, <more>
the film would be a goof ball comedy and a throwaway film. Instead, it felt like a mixture of a Richard Linklater and Woody Allen script, with tons of great Chris Rock comedy thrown in. It only takes place over the course of a night or two, and the screenplay is absolutely brilliant. Rock and Rosario Dawson share great chemistry together and light up each others lives, which are otherwise pretty depressing. The back and forth with them and the ability they had to change each other's world views, was reminiscent of Celine & Jesse in The Before Trilogy. I also tend to believe this was loosely based on how Chris Rock viewed himself in the industry and quite possibly several other celebrities. It sheds a light on what may be the many struggles celebrities and past-their-prime actors go through when they are trying to change their career.Now I don't know how explicit the film needed to get. At times some of the goofy comedy and characters took me out of the film. I would have much rather the film stay closer to the contained humor that made the film work so well. Besides that, I was really impressed Top Five. The fact that a film involving Chris Rock walking around New York City for a full 2 hours was that interesting is a testament to the script and Rock's directing.+Hilarious +Dramatic moments hit even more +Felt like a Linklater/Woody Allen script +Potentially Rock's own story? -Stay away from the silly comedy 8.5/10
I am baffled by the negative reviews for this film. I am also baffled by the "racism" comments. I am white as were three of the people I was with and we all laughed out loud during the whole film. People really need thicker skins. There is a lot of racial humor but it is well balanced, just like Rock's stand up. If you don't get that, you are probably insecure with yourself. Cedric the Entertainer and Tracy Morgan were supporting characters but absolutely hilarious. JB Smoove was a more serious character but he nailed the role. This film wasn't exactly what I expected, <more>
it was so much more. It had every element of a great film, some hilarious moments and some great satire on pop culture. Chris should be very proud of this project.