Listen, if you know me, you know that I am a huge fan of the theatrics of shows and movies. Especially since studying TV Production throughout high school, I have enjoyed the shots used in filming, the depth of the scripts, and the music/sounds that tie it all in.
With that being said, if you've seen The Get Down , you should know EXACTLY why I love it so much. My love for the Hip Hop culture aside, this show is filmed very well stylistically. It's somewhat of a musical with elements of a stage-play glossed up with a comic book superhero like presentation. The acting is A1 and the characters are full of depth. It is hard not to fall in love with them.
The show tells the story of how Hip Hop as an art form and a culture began on the streets of New York from it's early days in the late 1970's. The backdrop is dark and gritty, but the characters and the music bring so much light to contrast. Each episode poetically titled and gives insight to what the characters are facing in the episode.
You get the feeling that Nas had a hand in this whether you noticed his name in the credits or not. If you're a fan of Illmatic, you get the same feeling you had listening to that album as you do watching this show. The poetic style of it all is just so fitting for the story it is telling. The Get Down also does a great job at giving step-by-step instructions on how to build a movement in the Hip Hop scene while giving the viewer a chance to appreciate the culture.
I definitely took my time in watching the 6-episode of the first season (available on Netflix) so not to miss a beat and I would advise everyone to do the same. I give this show 10 stars out of 5 simply because I know Season Two will deliver just as well, if not better, as Season One. I just needed to express my extreme endearment for this series due due to my production background, Hip Hop studies, and overall enjoyment for well put together projects. The Get Down is a MUST SEE!
Watch the official trailer below.