Monday, September 23, 2013
Movie review: Dance movie Battle of the Year has no edge
The crazy cool dance moves kept me from being completely bored, but I can’t encourage anyone to see this unless you are part of the hip hop b-boy culture.
Battle of the Year is the Olympics of b-boy culture. The annual competition attracts dance crews from all over the globe and it they represent the best of the best. The Americans haven’t won or even placed in 15 years. Dante (Laz Alonso), hip-hop mogul and sponsor of the U.S. b-boy crew, wants to change all that. He wants to take hip hop and the b-boy ways back to the top in the U.S., where it all started. To do this he enlists the help of an old friend and former b-boy himself, Jason Blake (Josh Holloway). Blake, aside from his past as b-boy, was a championship basketball coach but he has had a rough few years. This is his opportunity to give his life meaning again. With only three months till Battle of the Year, he has to put together a new dance crew and take them from being 12 individuals to a true team in the hopes of bringing the Battle of the Year title back home where it belongs. The movie also stars Josh Peck, Caity Lotz, Chris Brown, Ivan "Flipz" Velez, Jon "Do Knock" Cruz, Anis Cheurfa, Jesse "Casper" Brown, David Shreibman, Sawandi Wilson, Richard Maguire, Steve Terada, Luis Rosado, Joshusa Lee Ayers, Sammy Soto, Richie "Abstrak" Soto, Gil Brace-Wessel, Terrence Jenkins, Sway and Jonathan "Legacy" Perez.
4/10 stars – Not my style but I can appreciate that there is a whole culture out there who will love this movie for what it is.
Battle of the Year is another film in a long string of dance movies that speak directly to specific segment of the cinema going audience but can’t seem to find its way to being a genre that has universal appeal. Personally I can go either way when it comes to these dance films. There have been a few that I like and own. I doubt that
Battle of the Year will be one of them. The dance moves, music and styling are impressive. I couldn’t move the way those guys do in a million years, so props to them! The truth is though that despite its effort to be a Miracle-like film, it just can’t bring it home. Sure you kind or root for the U.S. team to win out of instinct, but not because you really truly care. The team building movie plot has been done to death. Battle of the Year doesn’t offer a fresh look at it, just a different perspective. Plus, a film about a culture that is on the edge should have its own edge, and this just doesn’t. The crazy cool dance moves kept me from being completely bored, but I can’t encourage anyone to see this unless you are part of the hip hop b-boy culture. If you are then you probably can judge best how this represents your world, but as a movie this one has no legs to dance on.
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