“‘‘The High Note’: Dakota Johnson & Tracee Ellis Ross Have Chemistry, But White Faces Intrude On Black Spaces”

I don’t necessarily mean the comments in the title of this piece as a negative; it’s just what the movie is about. But I’m struggling with whether or not there’s enough address of The High Note‘s thoughts on racism in the film*. Mercifully, that’s about as much as I have to complain about here; this a low-key, breezy picture, the kind of escapism necessary for this pandemic (especially given as so much entertainment coming out now can be connected indirectly to the pandemic on thematic levels, at least if you’re like me and you’re willing to tie yourself in knots to make those connections in the first place).

You can read my full review over at The Playlist.

*I have an interview with director Nisha Ganatra coming up soon that speaks to this issue, and her response makes a lot of sense.


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