Big question: About two years ago, Dave Chappelle threw a party in Brooklyn featuring performances by Kanye West, The Roots, Mos Def and more. Can this Chappelle show help former music video director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") return to his musical roots?
Skip it: The concert itself is a hip-hop fan's fantasy, but anyone who just wants to see their favorite acts onstage together will be frustrated by the screen time eaten up by Chappelle's shtick.
Catch it if: You can stand the comic's shenanigans long enough to watch clips of dynamite performances. Gotta love hip-hop presented with live instruments.
Bottom line: By cutting away from the music just as things start cooking, what could have been a great rockumentary becomes too much of a Chappelle celebration, bitches.
Bonus: Fans of The Fugees will be glad to see them back together, but Pras has as much business being introduced as the group's headliner as Wyclef does collaborating with The Rock. Um, again.
`Dave Chappelle's Block Party'
Directed by Michel Gondry; photographed by Ellen Kuras; edited by Sarah Flack and Jeff Buchanan; production designed by Lauri Faggioni; music supervised by Corey Smyth; produced by Bob Yari, Dave Chappelle, Julie Fong and Mustafa Abuelhija. Featuring Dave Chappelle, Ahmir Thompson, Cody Chesnutt, Erykah Badu, Common, Dead Prez, The Fugees, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Jill Scott, Kayne West and the Central State University marching band. A Rogue Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:43. MPAA rating: R (language).Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times