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Block Party (2005) July 18, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Documentary, Movies, Musical.
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Dave Chappelle's Block PartyDir. Michel Gondry

Starring Dave Chappelle, The Roots, The Fugees, Erykah Badu etc.,

This movie, directed by Michel Gondry is quite different from the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and I was expecting it to be as this is a documentary and the other was not. It did have a bit of the feel of someone’s home movies… as it was not very slick, but I think that added to the personal and approachability factor they surely were attempting to achieve and I think it worked well.

The movie starts off with Chappelle giving out free tickets and free bus rides to a block party that he would be throwing in Brooklyn.

I really enjoyed seeing Chappelle, his interaction with people and their reaction to him.

I don’t know a lot about rap music but often found myself slapping my thigh to the beat and thought it was enjoyable.

I enjoyed the behind the scenes with the artists and Chappelle, rehearsing, fooling around, telling (sometimes corny) jokes. It felt natural and not forced.

There are a few places where I thought the movie was lacking though. In the beginning, Dave invited all these people to the concert: Excited black teens, eldery white folks from Ohio who knew little or nothing of rap and hip hop music, and a group of college kids that were in a marching band (who arrived at the party in full regalia). Where were they during the concert? What was their reaction? The little old lady with white hair… was she tapping her foot and sporting a smile? I wanted to see… but alas, they were not to be found. I didn’t necessarily want an in-depth interview with them, but geez… a 2 second spot of them smiling, wiggling their butts, anything, something.

We did get escorted throughout the property of a mildly eccentric couple that have taken an old broken down building and have re-broken it but to their own taste and ideas. A minute less of them, and one more of the folks in the crowd would have made me happy. I did, however, think they probably could be the subject of their very own documentary.

All in all, I enjoyed this movie, found David Chappelle to be very personable and was quite entertained.

Keywords: Concert, Brooklyn

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