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"The Get Down" review by Suzanne 8/13/16
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This is a very intriguing show. It's part fact and part fantasy. A successful rap artist, Ezekiel (who goes by the name "Books" at times) flashes back to his start as a lovesick teen in the South Bronx, in the 1970's. We learn about his friends, his family, and the world around him of poverty and gangsters. There's a lot of great 70's music. Some of it you may recognize, but others are more obscure.

At the heart of the show is the love story between Books and the girl Mylene, who desperately wants to be a disco singing star. Her father is a disco-hating preacher who tries to control her. Books and his friends do a lot of grafitti all over their city while they try to avoid teenage gangs.  Besides the kids, we have a bunch of real gangsters, including politician Francisco Cruz (Jimmy Smits), who wants to completely renovate the South Bronx. He also happens to be Mylene's uncle. Caught between all of these people is young Shaolin Fantastic, who works for rapper Grandmaster Flash.

The story is really not so important as the characters and how they relate to each other, but the story does move along nicely and draw you in. Check it out, especially if you love the 70's or Hip Hop.


Check out the new official trailer for the Netflix original series The Get Down: One of The Get Down, comprising six episodes, premieres Friday, August 12 on Netflix around the world.

From Baz Luhrmann and a team of collaborators including four-time Oscar® winner and fellow executive producer Catherine Martin, legendary MC and executive producer Nas, associate producer Grandmaster Flash, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, co-creator and executive producer Stephen Adly Guirgis; and expert collaborators, including hip-hop historian and supervising producer Nelson George, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form. Set in New York  in 1977, this music-driven drama series chronicles the rise of hip-hop and the last days of disco -– told through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever.

The cast of the The Get Down includes Shameik Moore (Shaolin Fantastic), Justice Smith (Ezekiel “Books” Figuero), Herizen Guardiola (Mylene Cruz), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Cadillac), Jaden Smith (Dizzee Kipling), Skylan Brooks (Ra Ra Kipling), Tremaine Brown Jr. (Boo Boo Kiping), Mamoudou Athie (Grandmaster Flash), Jimmy Smits (Francisco “Papa Fuerte” Cruz) and Giancarlo Esposito (Ramon Cruz).

The Get Down is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. The series is executive produced by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Nas, Stephen Adly Guirgis, Thomas Kelly, and Paul Watters.

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