The Get Down (a review)
I’ve been anxiously awaiting for this series to drop on Netflix for over a year now. I found out about it through looking on Justice Smith’s wiki page and found out he would have a part in the show. I enjoy his style of acting and said I would try to follow his next project.
I awaited project announcements and there weren’t too many promotions outside of general YouTube ads but I was still stoked.
Then slowly, as the release date began to approach, more casting was revealed and the hype picked up pace.
Then, August 12th hit and Pt. 1 of The Get Down dropped.
I was honestly shocked.
This show exceeded every expectation I had.
Needless to say, I’m going to be spoiler free, this has it all. Action, comedy, tragedy, romance, even a little bit of sci-fi, music, and most importantly, representation for many different groups of people who don’t have a voice.
Great casting with young faces, new and familiar. The chemistry works well between each character and their own interpersonal relationships.
Also, almost every character has an arc that remains stable but continues to intertwine with the main plot.
The wardrobe/style team need awards and an infinite supply of cake because DAMN. The style of the clothing is so spot on, especially with how they’ve styled the hair/make up of each person? It’s not overdone or fake.
In conjunction with the styling of the cast, the location AND camera work make everything seem extremely authentic.
Everything from a broken brick to the vibe of a late 70s sidewalk view feels so real.
It’s like I’m diving into the 70s.
And the writing? My god. The dialogue is so well done. There are also a few monologues that had me tearing up or left me inspired as well.
Every character really does play a large role, even if they are not a principal or main part of the cast. Each character ties the whole story together.
Now, the music. I guess that would be the hardest part to translate over to a new audience. The beginnings of hip-hop intertwined with the peak of disco to our generation with all sorts of newer, experimental music.
Honestly? Sensational. Lyrically, some of the best I’ve heard. Especially considering half of it is freestyled during the show.
You can feel every word impact you in a different way that comes from the characters’ lips.
And the music always fits the scene or the theme of that particular episode.
The music never really misses a beat.
Zeke has the most sick bars but his own style and rhythm, as the audience finds out later though, every character brings their own style to the table.
And as far as exceptional performances?
I would say all but I just have to highlight a few(from the main group):
Justice Smith (Zeke): the reason I followed the production and release of this show. He delivered, most definitely. Don’t sleep on him. This is the beginning. A real impact in the show on and of screen and such a nice guy. His performance left me speechless because he can be so immersed in one thing that you forget he has 7383929372 other events going on but he eventually problem-solves and has time to do most things flawlessly.
If you’ve seen this guy in Dope, you already know he’s dope (I’m sorry, I had to). BUT, what you may not have been able to catch as much is this guy’s versatility to play a character. Both verbally and physically. Not much to spoil but he does A LOT of moving. I’m physically exhausted after an episode of just watching this guy move. Jeez. Amazing performance and each time he interacts with a new character, it’s intense and meaningful. Wow.
Herizen Guardiola(Mylene): fresh face on the scene. Gorgeous, angelic, graceful with ambition and drive. She’s so refreshing to watch and has a lot of moral fiber that drives her character so far. Additionally, her singing voice is beautiful, wow. She’s new but I see many new opportunities coming her way soon enough. Plus, her Spanish makes me cry happy tears. YAS. Don’t sleep on her either. She’s blowing my mind.
All I can say is, Jaden is playing himself. They wrote Dizzee for Jaden. I see Jaden on that screen and I am so HAPPY about it. He was born for this role and I love what they’re doing with his arc. Jaden is doing the damn thing. Also, if you download the soundtrack or if you’ve listened to any of his solo music, this guy is very much a triple threat.
Plus, as I’m seeing from the brand new gifs/photo sets on tumblr, he’s becoming the heartthrob of the show.
@ WRITERS, MOVE HIM TO PRINCIPLE CASTING. Right now, he’s marked as recurring but I don’t think that will last. He’ll be a main soon enough.
Other casting notices (not as in depth)-
Skylan Brooks(Ra-Ra): reminds me of every friend that had something important to say but got slept on. LISTEN. TO. HIM. He always has the best interest at heart. Plus, his facial expressions give me life.
Stefanée Martin(Yolanda): so sweet, so pure. Loves everybody. She reminds me of a fun aunt. She’s not the mom because she likes to cut loose but at the end of the day, she has everyone’s interests at heart.
Tremaine Brown Jr.(Boo-Boo): the little brother I always wanted but I know I’d probably get annoyed with because he’s always hype and ready to go. He’s so much fun and brings life to the crew.
Plus, he probably roasts people the best, next to Zeke. Love this dude.
Shyrley Rodriguz(Regina): she is ruthless and won’t let any damn body tell her what to do. She has fun, bad af, but she’s a softie on the inside. She loves her friends. Give her love.
I don’t want to spoil anything but watch for every little detail that may seem insignificant because it will definitely show itself later on.
Overall, 11/10 for this show. The only thing I could be nitpicky about is some of the driving scenes were a bit awkward and I wanted more backstory on some of the main characters but hopefully, that’ll be what Pt. 2 is for.
Everybody get on Netflix and watch this damn show as soon as you can.
P.S. Let the fan art begin. I’m READY.