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Dizzee Rascal: Bow Selector (2007)

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Dizzee makes it engaging but other parts weaken it
1 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dizzee Rascal is not a man short of opinion or two and he certainly doesn't lack self-confidence. Despite the fact that I do like hip hop, I have never really gotten into Dizzee Rascal – perhaps because I am a bit of a snob and prefer my music not to come from someone from London. So, aside from the obvious audience of existing fans, I guess I am target audience for this film as it follows Dizzee's rise from being unsigned, to his Mercury award and subsequent successes abroad and with later albums.

The film is not perfect though because some parts of it simply don't work. When Dizzee is talking from his studio, the film is interesting and engaging – even if at times he is a bit too cocky for my tastes. Similarly clips of him performing are roundly of value with the high point being a chance to see him perform with NERD. However alongside this we have the cheap and unimaginative series of short asides called "Everybody hates Dizz". These look cheap and are not funny – connecting them to the infinitely better Chris Rock sitcom just adds insult to injury. These bits are meant to portray Dizzee growing up but they really add very little of value. On top of this the animation is too rough and ready for me. I'm sure it is meant to be all part of the UK "style" of Dizzee and his label but to me it just looked cheap and lacking in effort.

Overall though, this is an engaging and accessible film that made me more interested in Dizzee and his music – just a shame that the side aspects of the delivery weaken the overall product.


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