Monday, April 3, 2017

Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo






I love old school hip-hop. I miss all those older movies that depict the golden age of the musical genre. I couldn't decide if I wanted to write about the "Breakin'" movies or "Beat Street". Even as I write I am tempted to switch back to "Beat Street". I am sticking with the "Breakin'" films.

I am not going to give plot synopses of "Breakin'" and "Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo". Quite frankly, the plots of each movie are pretty much not important. The main reason to watch these films are the dancing and music.

While the main characters were Ozone and Kelly played by Adolfo Quinones (Shabba Doo) and Lucinda Dickey respectively, it was Turbo (Michael Chambers) who stole the show in both films. Turbo's pop-lockin' and robotic moves were and are second to none.

Another takeaway from the movie is to show that classically trained dance and street dance can mingle together and create something great. This has been a recurring underlying theme in many dance films since then. Just look modern dance today how you see a little bit of everything in it. Plus, who doesn't yearn for the days when disagreements were settled on the dance floor or a piece of cardboard?