Let’s Talk About Movies – The High Note

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The High Note dropped on Netflix about a week ago, and we can’t just say it was a disappointing experience. In fact, it was a nice, come-of-age experience with Dakota Johnson delivering a millennial-friendly, cosmopolitan performance. 

A perfect one-time watch, you can check out the movie on Netflix or download the same from the official website of proxy-rarbg. It’s all about the music industry and watching it was a peaceful, relaxing experience, just the kind you need after a long, exhausting week. So scroll down and check out insight into the world of The High Note!

Finding The Right Note In The High Note: Let’s Talk About Movies!

The high Note follows the story of an R&B superstar, Grace Davis (played by the talented Tracee Ellis Ross). The movie starts with Davis being on the unforgiving side of forty, a sort of self-absorbed diva accompanied by the right amount of talent and a crazy assistant, Maggie, played by Dakota Johnson. 

Davis is a singer whose best time has passed, according to all professionals working with her, except Maggie. Maggie believes there is more to Grace Davis than what people have already heard. Maggie is fascinating – from understanding what Grace wants at every hour like any good assistant to transitioning into a tough boss, she knows how to create soulful, groovy music. 

Yes, yes, Maggies doesn’t really do a lot beyond dwindling several knobs inside a studio, but Johnson does enough acting to prove that she happens to be a very gifted producer who can bring out music from you that you didn’t know! She even manages to outshine the famous Diplo (in a small cameo), who’s a smug mixologist.

Diplo’s usual synthetic beats can’t compete with Maggie’s soulful tunes. But the singer Grace Davis validates Maggie’s work but at the same time doesn’t really encourage her, even bluntly reminding Maggie that she is nothing more than an ordinary minion. 

A Love Interest Who Can Sing: What A Luck!

One of the only romantic relationships in the movie is between Maggie and this guy she bonds with over California songs – David, played by a super talented Kelvin Harrison Jr.wins not just Maggie’s hearts but all of our hearts with his performance and suave acting. The best part? In a classic music industry style, Maggie meets David while shopping for groceries. 

Initially, she is mildly disappointed that David is unaware of Sam Cooke, the artist, but when David sings a Sam Cooke original minutes latest during an outdoor gig, Maggie is impressed. What’s strange about David is how he sings at community gigs while throwing lavish parties – where is the money coming from when he is just an undiscovered singer practically? 

Maggie can be seen working with David closely, doing better quality recordings in the process. There’s, of course, a blossoming romance between both Maggie and David, but Maggie tries her best to keep it professional. When you think about it, the story is all about David and Maggie – their romance and their individual talents. 

The story is also about Maggie’s relationship with her boss, Grace, which later becomes more clear when we discover that David happens to be wait-for-it…Grace’s son! The wealth and the subsequent talent are clear evidence of how the plot has been connected to make sense to the audience. 

The Musical Chords Of The High Note: Characters Who Made A Mark!

Another attempt at wish-fulfillment storytelling by director Nisha Ganatra after Late Night, The High Note, fails to make a point as the earlier film by the same director. While director Nisha Ganatra brings you the story of a junior writer who manages to obtain a great opportunity from a ferocious, powerful female titan in the Late Night, she just switches industries in The High Note.

It is the screenplay that makes all the difference. While Mindy Kaling makes a fascinating commentary on sexism, class, and race and manages to deliver a killer screenplay in the Last Night, the newcomer, Flora Greeson, fails to produce the same kind of effect with the help of the same screenplay. 

But Grace Davis, played by Tracee Ellis Ross, wins many hearts with her performance – Davis is a classic self-absorbed diva everyone thinks is done producing music. The gowns with shimmering sequin and those cascading tresses all point out a woman trying to sustain a career after hitting 40.

Pulling The Curtains On The High Note:

The High Note is one of those movies you would like to watch after a long exhausting week at work. It’s one of those light movies that doesn’t really make you think much – it’s all about the emotions that are conveyed during the same time. In the meantime, let us know what you think about The High Note and what your experiences are related to the same!

Christopher Stern

Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commissions. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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