THE GET DOWN (2016 – )

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Creators: Stephen Adly Guirgis, Baz Luhrmann

Cast: Justice Smith, Shameik Moore, Herizen F. Guardiola

This series is on Netflix and it is a comprehensive look at the art form’s true origins and an authentic evocation of late-’70s New York, that caldron of burning buildings, bankruptcy, cocaine and revolutionary forms of popular music.

The first episode is 90 minutes to introduce the characters, the colors are bright and glossy, the camerawork fluid, the editing smooth, the cast works well here. You through in the corrupt official, the gangster fighting over turf , the drugs trafficking, two teenager in love, disco at its best and rap music plus a grand master thrown in the mix. It does not avoid the clichés but who cares just have a good time with it. It is like Romeo and Juliette, Le moulin rouge, and West Side Story combine into one.

Giancarlo Esposito and Jimmy Smits play brothers, an indignant fire-and-brimstone preacher and a wearily corrupt local politician.Lillias White who owns the cotton club and is this major drug dealer. Smith and Shameik Moore are fine, in the roles of in the lead roles of Ezekiel and Shaolin Fantastic, the nascent M.C. and D.J. whose combustible relationship forms the show’s primary plotline. The best thing in many scenes is the comic relief provided by Skylan Brooks and Tremaine Brown Jr. as brothers who serve as a protective posse for Ezekiel. The series has six episode. It does remind me all those show black show in the 70’s .

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