G. DVD: Review By kaismith

It was nice to see a dramatic African American film drawing upon the Great Gatsby with taste and class.
  • OVERALL
    4.5
    SUPERB
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE GOOD
It was nice to see a dramatic African American film drawing upon the Great Gatsby with taste and class.
THE BAD
No fun in the supplemental features department.
THE FEATURE
G is a much needed relief from the generic hip hop and dance flicks, but I assure you that this is not just a hip hop film.

Director Christopher Scott Cherot (best known for work on the popular BET reality show College Hill) brings you a young and fresh story reminiscent of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel Great Gatsby. Summer G (Richard T. Jones) is a successful hip hop rap mogul and producer (think P Diddy meets Kanye West) who fell for Skye (Chenoa Maxwell) a middle class girl in college who left him for a social climber. Over the next ten years G builds his empire and Skye marries up. G moves to the Hamptons where he soon finds Skye. Tre (Andre Royo), also Skye's cousin ends up unexpectedly playing cupid and bringing the two back together while he is trailing G for an article he is writing.

While there were other exceptional actors, I must applaud the performances of Jones and Maxwell. Blair Underwood is Chip Hightower, Skye's controlling husband. Underwood is a phenomenal actor and really owns the role, but the role is way too similar to his role as a wife beating husband in .
THE EXTRAS
No Special features. No Fun. I really wanted a trailer, A and A something.
THE VIDEO
Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35:1. The look is unique and very saturated. The opening title sequence is well done and the flow of the film is smooth and well paced. Also, the cast was not only exceptional but gorgeous as well.
THE AUDIO
Dolby Digital 5.1 with English and French subtitles available. The sound track is phenomenal. An eclectic mix of hip hop, rap and pop with classical influences.
THE PACKAGE
Behind a large G centered is Jones looking off to the left. To his right is Maxwell looking down and to Jones's right is Underwood holding a gun looking in the direction of Jones and Maxwell. The cover alone sums up the dynamic between the three in the film. On the back are scene still over a picturesque and distant view of a Hampton's beach house with a plot synopsis and a list of film festival awards.
THE FINAL WORD
Mind you this is no 8 Mile or Hustle and Flow (both great but underdog flicks), so if you are looking for something like that then this is the wrong film. If you want romance, drama, and deeper and thoroughly developed and complicated characters, then this is worth adding to your collection.

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