The Get Down (TV Show Review)

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PRAISES:

Yet again, Netflix gets it right, this time, though there are no Demagorgons or blind superheroes, going back to the Bronx in the late 70s we see music, gangs, and records. Starring Heriven F. Guardiola (Runaway Island), Justice Smith (Paper Towns, Trigger Finger), Giancarlo Esposito (The Usual Suspects, Breaking Bad), Jimmy Smits (Star Wars: Episode 3- Revenge of the Sith, Sons of Anarchy), and Jaden Smith (Karate Kid, In Pursuit of Happyness), directed by Baz Luhrmann, and with one of the best soundtracks to a Netflix show ever, this is an addictive and visually impressive show. I enjoyed it through and through and will definitely watch season two when it comes out next year (2017).

PLOT:

As a girl attempts to rise to the top of the disco music charts, her friend is attempting to get to the top of the rapping world. When he wants to be romantically involved with her and she refuses, it takes some impressing to do to convince her.

PROBLEMS:

At only 8 episodes this show simply isn’t long enough.

It is a rather idealistic interpretation of the Bronx in the 70s.

As shown in point 3 in the ‘PETTY TRIVIA’ section some of the slang was not from the time period in which the show is set.

POINTS:

Enjoyment: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Artistic Impression: 🌟🌟⭐️

Overall: 🌟🌟🌟⭐️

PETTY TRIVIA:

  1. The Get Down has joined a 3-way tie for the 2nd largest budget in TV history. At a cost of $10 million an episode to produce. The other shows tied for 2nd include “Friends” and “Game of Thrones”.
  2. The ‘Get Down Brothers’ A.K.A ‘Fantastic Four plus One’ is a shade of the mighty ‘Funky Four plus One’.
  3. Some of the slang they use is a mixture of modern day and old school. For example, a character refers to a rhyme as being “tight” whereas saying it was “fresh” or “def” which are the roughly early 80s would have run through a little more genuine to the mid to late 70s vibe.

PANDA:

IMDb: http://gb.imdb.com/title/tt4592410/

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usv442G6H8A

Liked this? Check out my reviews of ‘Stranger Things‘ or ‘Suicide Squad

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