Battle of the Year (2013)
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I watched some of it online for the dancing but even that was trash. The acting is poor. Chris Brown and everyone else try so hard to be the "cool guy" or "sensitive jock" archetype, but, instead they look like a bunch of amateurs that turned an already bad script into just another teen drama bullshit story with 90s music, shaky cameras, and scenes that have no substance but push the plot forward. Not to mention the fact that dance movies weren't really ever good, but have been increasingly bad starting from You Got Served. Don't bother with this (not like I expect anyone to, anyway). Hopefully Chris brown will learn from this and stick to was he's known for; making music and beating women...better yet, hopefully he'll decide to leave fame all together. 1/10
I know the critics gave it bad reviews, but it's still a lot of fun and very entertaining (and inspiring if you are a dancer).
I thought the acting was pretty good overall, especially the coach and assistant coach.
The dancers/actors did a phenomenal job and all the dance scenes were incredible.
The last scenes during the BATTLE were fantastic. I really enjoyed watching the U.S. battle South Korea. Excellent!
It was completely a disappointment for me. I gave 3 points, just because I thought that at least I watched it from the beginning to the end. I try not to see the glass as half empty.
To sum up, if you really don't want to waste your time, don't watch this movie guys.
On a side not, some reviews complained about Chris Brown and his acting in this movie, well he did that in this movie by acting. If his personal character is to be attack, I believe that that is a different review, the overall moral of a lot of people that get TV time should be in check. I don't know Chris Brown personally but he is a persona, a entertainer and everything that he is paid to do is that.
Just give it a chance and make your own opinion
"Battle of the Year" is a disappointing and predictable collection of clichés. It is amazing how many times this storyline has been used in different environments and sports ("decadent couch hires a team of losers that in the end surprises in a competition") with a corny message in the end. Fans of break-dance and hip-hop may enjoy a little more but this movie is terrible. My vote is three.
Title (Brazil): "A Batalha do Ano" ("Battle of the Year")
I have some suggestions for the future. DON'T throw out your ace without a really good follow up. Not only did you lose your ace, but you lost the game. Seriously? Did you think that would excite people? It was like watching failure over and over again. Its simple people enjoy hope. You just crushed it like in so many ways in this film I lost count and didn't even give a glimmer of it till like the very end and by then it was so dead there was no resurrecting it. Don't focus on the story. This is a DANCE movie. Put in some really nice dance scenes. Not just these super-fast back and forth snippets of WHAT? Also, the music. It's supposed to drive the scene. Not be background noise. DRIVE a scene. Music has the power to move people's hearts. Use it to your advantage. Especially in all out dance scenes. You waiting WAY too long to switch songs and mix it up. The worst I have to say was that orchestrated song. Not because of the genre, but because you didn't fully put it to use. You really didn't draw it out then rev it up like BAM in your face. It was more like oh, elevator music. Oh the elevator music got a little louder how nice. I hope if you do work on another dance movie it'll go a little more smoothly than this one. Good luck.
To be honest the only reason I watched this movie was for the delightful Josh Peck. He is such a great actor. Great comedic timing but he can also do drama as shown in "The Wackness". But I was VERY disappointed when I saw that abusive Chris Brown pop up!
Wow I could feel the fear in the female actress that was hired to work with these guys. Chris Brown's character kept making advances and so on. Disgusting. Stop rewarding his bad behaviour! He raised his hand to a woman! He violated all kinds of laws and is probably in jail/rehab/picking up trash/committing more crimes right now.
Not only did he ruin the movie, and any good morals this society has left in it, but he took ANY suspense out of the movie all while overacting. When they were picking the members of the final 'crew' he was worried he was not going to get picked. WHAT!? He is a famous (sadly) person, why would they only have him in a couple scenes. OF COURSE they are going to pick him. Therefore having him get picked last to build 'suspense' made no sense. As per his unfortunate fame we already knew he would get picked.
Also horrible racial stereotypes abound in this movie. As if ppl are defined by their race! Very backwards thinking. Your race does not define you, your ACTIONS do. So sick of this racist crap.
The movie basically turns out exactly the way you assume it will. Very boring. Worst of all the dancing was crap. Most of the moves are unoriginal and did not deserve the uproarious applause they got. And there is a conflict in the movie that makes no sense other than to further the plot.
Avoid this movie and don't support Chris Brown and/or any project he works on. To do so would be to condone his abusive behaviours.
Blake assembles a new group and places them in a boot camp atmosphere to build team work. We really need to punch the next person who says "There is no "I" in team." The group must overcome the expected internal conflict which bored me to tears. Caity Lotz plays Stacy, a late coming choreographer, supplies the film with token eye candy as she reads her two lines or so.
Parental Guide: I didn't recall any F-bombs, I won't say they aren't there. No sex or nudity. Some minor self crotch grabbing.
B-Boys is Break dancing and I had no idea there are major tournaments around the world bringing the best from Germany, France, the USA and Korea among many, many others to compete.
Anyway you are in for a lot of excitement, energy and flat out unbelievable breakdancing performances many have never seen. Stacy (Caity Lotz) is hired as the Choreographer. And I thought most credit had to go to her, but this didn't happen. Also I thought that Blake and Stacy would become an item. Didn't happen. Maybe in the book it worked out that way but not in here. (There was a book?)
One would have thought there were some scenes with Stacy putting the players thru various routines. Didn't happen. Bummer
There are ups and downs, of course, a lot having to do with the training schedules and rivalries. Blake says that it's not talent, or chemistry that makes a team a team. He says it's each member pressing each other to do better that gets him the team he wants. Will that happen with these players who have rivalries and attitudes?
Notable: Josh Peck as Franklyn and Blake picks him as assistant coach and he has a very believable and calming influence on Blake. (7/10)
Violence: Yes, brief. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Humor: Yes. Language: No. Rating: B
But the movie does have a story, even though we have a lot of characters that have to fit into the story, you do get a bit of their background and the movie does make sense. The dancing is OK, with some wicked things/stunts being performed. The story is more than decent and is fun to watch. Overall something people who like "battle" movies might very well enjoy
Chris Brown really outdid himself with some of the dance moves and acting scenes that he displayed in the movie. However, his counterpart Ivan Flipz was a force to be reckoned with when it came to flipping. These young men made this movie something worth showing kids who have never really have seen break dancing being done right. I commend Laz Alonzo for his direction, but there were moments that he could have elaborated on some of the plot topics. For that minor reason, I give the movie a 9/10. Although it was not perfect it was a movie that I would not be fearful to recommend for 12 years and older for sure. The message is quite positive.
Basically it's about a group of American tough guys all wanting to be the alpha male. There is so much machismo in this. It's so painful to watch. And the ending is so predictable. You guessed it. The American tough guy alpha males who at the beginning were all independent cowboy types all through the guidance of their coach (Holloway) came together as a team and learned to appreciate teamwork and true friendship.
Josh Holloway isn't even very good. He plays a drunk has-been who nobody thinks is any good, but when confronted with the challenge he gives up then he fails then he lifts himself up and makes a gallant effort. There are so many clichés in this movie that a MacBook air doesn't have the computing power to count them all.
Whatever you do, don't waste your time.
but everything else about this film is sooooo clumsy and bad- that it undermines even the finest flares. First we have the alcoholic coach cliché. Then we have the film referencing a bboy documentary- that the director himself made- two characters literally flip the DVD in - and say "you haven't seen this?? its like the best DVD on bboying there is!!" ...no shame. its that kind of film. I pray to the gods of windmills and six step that benson lee is never given another opportunity to work with a camera and actors again. documentary is fine, dance video - again fine, but the art of film is clearly lost on this guy. please do not watch it. it hurts.