For Chris Rock, the last decade has been spent alternating between the Grown-Ups movies (or whatever terrible remakes or dad-coms can stand in for a Grown-Ups movie for a given year) and Madagascar sequels. Sure, yes, he’s done lots of other stuff, too. He’s really never stopped working. Most notably, he’s executive produced Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell and Everybody Loves Chis, which he also narrated. (I’ve heard the latter called “underappreciated.” Not that I would know, because I never appreciated it at all.) So is it weird to say he’s about to have a comeback? Because he’s never gone away, he’s just been doing pretty shitty stuff. But what the hell. Chris Rock is totally angling for a comeback.
Top Five is an ultra-meta movie that has been getting fantastic early reviews out of Toronto. It focuses on André Allen (Rock), a crazy-famous, super-edgy comedian, who, at some point, turned to the path of dumbed-down talking animal kids movies and publicity sham marriages to reality stars. The movie takes places over a 24 hour span that Allen spends with a reporter (Rosario Dawson) who’s writing a profile on him. The trailer looks to be funny— the kind of funny that made Rock famous, not Death at a Funeral funny (otherwise known as “not funny”)— but also with a strong story, great cast, and a heart I can’t remember seeing from Chris Rock since— well, ever.
What do you think? Am I over-selling it, or has Rock just really lowered my expectations over the last decade?