2 1/2 Stars
Prince of Hitsville is the story of events leading up to Marvin Gaye making one of the greatest albums ever. Being a short film (38mins) it doesn’t have time to cover all of Gaye’s life, instead it smartly opts to show a small but important part of it. Drama ensues as Gaye fights with the music studio to put out his political album. Throughout all of this he must deal with his brother coming home from Vietnam and over-dosing on drugs. But all of this only makes Marvin stronger and more diligent in getting his new album released. Talent can be seen in Will Dalton, playing the lead. Director and writer Larry “Syid” Wright does a good job of weaving music into the story, for obvious reasons the songs are original and not those of Gaye’s. But the music is still enjoyable. Worth checking out if you come across it.
|Prince of Hitsville Official Site|