Watch Battle of The Year Online Taking place in an unacknowledged parallel universe where b-boying has emerged as the dominant one of hip-hopÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s four elements (with rapping as invisible as graffiti writing, DJing and b-girling), Ã¢â‚¬Å“Battle of the YearÃ¢â‚¬ÂÂ opens with a board meeting hosted by the Russell Simmons-like entrepreneur Dante Graham (Laz Alonso). A former breaker himself, Dante is determined to finance a top-level team for the international Battle of the Year (BOTY) b-boy tournament in Montpellier, whose importance is likened to nearly every major athletic competition save the Rugby World Cup.
Watch Battle of The Year Online Free Hoping to end a long dry spell for the Americans Ã¢â‚¬â€Â who seem almost as likely to win the Rugby World Cup at this point Ã¢â‚¬â€Â Dante recruits former dancer-turned-basketball coach-turned dissolute drunk and widower Jason Blake (Josh Holloway) to assemble a dream team of dancers and serve as coach.
Watch Battle of The Year Movie Eventually culling more than a dozen ethnically diverse hotshots for his squad (played by a cadre of b-boys alongside wildly popular/reviled R&B star Brown), Blake hunkers the group down in an abandoned juvenile hall, with three months to whip them into shape. During the rare moments when they arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t training in split-screen montages, the assembled dancers engage in tough-guy spats, sit through motivational speeches cribbed from a dozen sub-Ã¢â‚¬Å“Remember the TitansÃ¢â‚¬ÂÂ sports dramas, and endure reality-show-like weekly eliminations. Aided by a nebbishy assistant coach (Josh Peck, providing the only intentional laughs to be had), Blake eventually hires a foxy choreographer (Caity Lotz), who makes a splashy entrance and spends the rest of the film supplying reaction shots.
Watch Battle of The Year Movie Online To catch up with the international explosion of b-boying (BOTY is a Germany-founded, France-hosted competition dominated by South Koreans), Blake consults Ã¢â‚¬Å“Planet B-Boy,Ã¢â‚¬ÂÂ an excellent 2008 documentary exploration of the tournament. Clips from that docu appear frequently throughout the film, always with a bug denoting its title in the corner a la local news broadcasts, and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s referred to by one character as a Ã¢â‚¬Å“dope documentary Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ with like a billion hits on Netflix.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÂ ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s worth mentioning that Ã¢â‚¬Å“Planet B-BoyÃ¢â‚¬ÂÂ was also directed by Lee, who puzzlingly gives his old pic an Ã¢â‚¬Å“inspired byÃ¢â‚¬ÂÂ credit on his new one. Yet these squicky salvos of self-promotion donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even register as the filmÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most eyebrow-raising advertorial indulgences.
Watch Battle of The Year Online 2013 Blatant product placement onscreen has grown so prevalent as to be largely unnoticeable, and pics like Ã¢â‚¬Å“The InternshipÃ¢â‚¬ÂÂ have further blurred the lines between fully integrated branded entertainment and traditional cinema. Yet even within this context, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Battle of the YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬ÂÂ shilling is remarkable. Perhaps the loving odes to Puma sneakers are understandable coming from dancers, as is their excitement to receive gift bags full of Sony devices. (Even if no one outside a marketing department has likely ever uttered the phrase, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is the new Sony tablet Ã¢â‚¬â€Â itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the future!Ã¢â‚¬ÂÂ Yet when this same enthusiasm is applied to BraunÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new line of electric shaving products, a certain Rubicon of shamelessness has been crossed. As one high-school-aged viewer at the screening attended was heard to remark after a particularly obnoxious plug, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is some bullshit.Ã¢â‚¬ÂÂ
Aside from that, the filmmakers have recruited a wonderful array of dancers here, all of whom are more than deserving of such a mainstream showcase. Brown proves a serviceable actor and a generally excellent dancer, although his lack of lifelong b-boy credentials occasionally marks him as the sore thumb among all the ringers. (Predictably, the script contrives to exclude him from the more demanding routines.)
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