Rize-film critique

Rize-Film Critique Rize-Film Critique David LaChapelle’s documentary film RIZE an exciting and uplifting film that features Tommy the clown, Larry, Lil C, Lil Tommy and Tight Eyez as the headlining characters. It oozes a positive message by focusing on the attempts of the central character to change his life after a prison term and a life ridden by gang involvement in the neighborhood. The film is quite captivating and brings something new to the hip-hop dance scene.
The main character decides to entertain birthday kids by painting his face and dancing in a new style that comprises simulated fighting and break dancing (Ebert 1). The vigorous dance style is known as clowning. It evolves to kramping as many youthful blacks perform the dance in street corners. Essentially, the performers put in stiff robotic movements, make intense facial expressions and combine in with old-school hip-hop break dancing. These facial expression and breaking movements are characteristics of the old hip-hop dancing. All the performers have their face painted with bright colors and show some commitment to their Christian faith, unlike the mainstream hip-hop dancing. The dance style signifies transformation. The dance picks up at a high pace such that the main character, Tommy the clown opens up a clown school (Tucker 1). There emerges kramping dance competitions all over South Los Angeles.
It is notable that the film resonates positive change and transformation in people and an area that is ridden with hostilities. For example, A casket seller testifies that the young people mostly die in the streets due to gang affiliations and violence. Additionally, the film shows amazing scenes that have not been altered in any way. The speed is accurate. This shows the dance moves with their authenticity intact. It is exciting that the performers execute their dances with such coordination, speed and intensity. The setting and the effects used are accurate too. The scenes are moving and the characters express the right emotions when needed. For example, Tommy the Clown adjusts his expressions to make them hilarious for kids. This serves to show the relevance of the film. The social message, the authenticity of the dance moves and the accuracy of the setting make this film a commendable effort.
There are several negative aspects of the film. One concerns the strip dancing routine. This raises a concern considering that there is a scene where preteen girls and dancers affiliated with strict Christian faith perform it. The speed and exaggeration of the dance moves could come out to some viewers as unrealistic too. Nevertheless, the negatives of this film are overwhelmed by the appealing views of this film.
In conclusion, Rize is a very appealing and energetic film. It elicits high levels of amazement and interest in the viewer. The film director, David LaChapelle, shows his talent by making a captivating, accurate and a socially relatable film. The characters are instrumental in making the film a success by executing the dance moves powerfully and in a synchronized manner. Tommy the Clown serves as the main character and pioneer of the clowning dance, a mixture of break dancing and simulated fighting. He showcases transformation from a convict to a positively influential person on the streets through his unique form of dancing. The dance moves are fast but very real. This enhances the authenticity of the film. All in all, Rize is a captivating film with spectacular dance moves and a praiseworthy social message.
Works Cited
Ebert, R. ” Rize Movie Review & Film Summary (2005) | Roger Ebert.” N. p., 23 June 2005. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. .
IMDb. ” Rize (2005).” IMDb. N. p., 2005. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. .
Tucker, K. ” Big Shoes to Fill: David LaChapelle’s vigorous documentary Rize captures L. A.’s latest hip-hop craze—clown costumes included.” N. p., 27 June 2005. Web. 24 Sept. 2015. .