GOOD HAIR review
I donít normally review stuff, because I donít want to put down project by dear friends, or alienate someone I might need something from in the future. But sometimes a project must be spoken on. In my world, there are Must Sees; Should Sees, Could Sees and Donít Sees. GOOD HAIR is a Must See.
GOOD HAIR is not just a tremendously entertaining film, itís an Important Film. Usually Important Films are ponderous and dry, but this film is anything but. Thatís because itís also the first time that Chris Rockís comedic sensibility has be successfully translated to film. Sure, heís starred, written, produced, even directed movies before, but this is the first true CHRIS ROCK movie; the Chris Rock that you love in his stand up specials BRING THE PAIN and BIGGER AND BLACKER; the Chris Rock you loved to see interview Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson on his HBO talk show; the Chris Rock who inherited the role of Americaís social critic from Dick Gregory and Richard Pryor.
It was inevitable that someone would do a ďblack Michael Moore movieĒ. We should all be glad it was Chris Rock. His comedic style is built for this kind of essay, and through a seemingly mundane subject he explores identity, self-hate, the global economy and much more. Itís also a love letter to black people, and black women in general. He doesnít preach a solution, as much as we long to hear one, but thatís on us.
Some might say itís tragic that Chris Rock is the leading black intellectual of our generation. You could focus on the failure of all those folks with PhDs to match his insights and ability to communicate subtle nuances to the public, or you can applaud that a guy with a GED can articulate class and gender issues with such aplomb. In any case, Chris Rock is the Man and GOOD HAIR is the movie. Special shout out to GOOD HAIR producer Nelson George, who has been one of Chrisí mentors for decades and having one hell of a career run of his own right now. Nelson has been one of the key members of Chrisí team for a while, and his presence is felt throughout the project.
GOOD HAIR Ė itís a Must See, so go see it. And tell me what you think.