There are certain directors who's work I follow just as I do with actors/actresses. Even more so if they are a writer/director. Spike Lee for instance. Another who falls in that category is this cat that few people have heard of named Christopher Scott Cherot. Ever since I checked out his first joint "Hav Plenty", I've been a fan. Even if he hadn't had any new work in a while. That movie alone was enough for me to give him a chance for any of his future efforts.
Well along comes "G". It's the tale of a hip hop mogul, played smartly by Richard T. Jones, who's not totally at ease with the world that he's created. It doesn't help matters much that he runs into a former love from college, portrayed by Chenoa Maxwell, who's now married and still has his heart.
Love triangles seem to be Cherot's specialty. This one has Blair Underwood as the husband scorned. He's also the husband with issues. What's up with him playing against type lately? First "Madea's Family Reunion" and now this. I guess you could really say it started in "Just Cause". It's like he's going out of his way to play down his pretty boy image. I suppose a lead in the remake of "The Elephant Man" is next.
As for the other pieces of the triangle, Chenoa and Richard, I admire both of their talents. My only issue with Chenoa here is she doesn't look good in the Halle Berry-esque short hairdo. And Richard deserved more chances in movies ever since he first starred in "The Wood". Omar Epps and Taye Diggs both blew up from him yet his career kinda stalled.
What I like about Cherot's work is how he uses a play on names much like Spike Lee did in his earlier work. With Cherot, it's the connection that the two characters who should be together have. In "Hav Plenty" it was Havilland Savage and Lee Plenty. In this, it's Summer G and Sky Hightower. Subtle yet at the same time, painfully obvious.
I really hate comparing an artist's work to his previous work. I fell into that trap with the Madea movies. However, when there's only two bodies of work from that artist to choose from, it's rather hard not to do. Does the artist avoid that dreaded sophomore jinx? No, it's not as good as the classic and also overlooked "Hav Plenty", but that wasn't an easy task to accomplish. It is an admirable attempt. Definitely not a jinx yet not the success it could have been.
My rating: B