Battle – Review

Genre Drama, Romantic, Teen
Directed by Katarina Launing
Starring Lisa Teige, Fabian Svegaard Tapia, Vebjørn Enger
Released on December 1st 2018
Duration 95 min
Flixxpanda Rating 9/10
Channel Netflix

A good dance movie when there are legends like Step Up already in the game? It’s a miracle! It really is though, because Battle is super good. It is very predictable but it’s just really good because there are a few twists and turns here and there that make it worth your time.

First of all, let’s talk about the dance sequences of Battle . They are amazing. Beautiful. Literally. The chemistry between the leads when they dance together is off the charts and we can see why they’ve been cast together. When they move everything falls into place. It’s lovely.

The soundtrack of Battle is fantastic. Don’t even try to tell me any different. It’s bloody fabulous and the choreography is perfect to it. When it’s a dance movie has a shitty soundtrack it becomes a flop then and there in my opinion. Dancers just don’t have crappy taste in music. It’s just that simple. So hat’s off to whoever picked the soundtrack because they did it right!

Now the acting. Not the best in my opinion, could be better, but the dance sequences make up for it! Also a noticeable point is that it’s not like the movie stops for the dance scenes to take place. The plot and story line isn’t put on pause while people move across the screen. The gyrating bodies seem to spur the movie on forward if anything! That is commendable because I don’t want the movie to slow down while you have an unnecessary dance break. Which again, debatable because I didn’t really find any of the dancing unnecessary, it fit right in.

Then of course, writing. The script isn’t very fancy and the dialogues and pretty plain, nothing extravagant. But there are a few surprises here and there. The rich aren’t automatically villains, they may be a bit uptight but not particularly snobby. In fact, I got annoyed with the lead actress a couple times but not the rich kids.

Now. What actually happens? Spoilers ahead (just a little!). Amelia (Lia Teige) is young, good at dance and quite rich. She goes to a prestigious institution to learn dance, where the teacher is harsh but not without intent. Apparently, Amelia is empty when she dances, not passionate enough to stand out and be special. When her dad goes bankrupt, they lose the house and have to move to a lower middle-class home where there isn’t much place for her to practice. She doesn’t tell her friends or her old boyfriend, Askel (Vebjørn Enger). She starts practicing at the youth center instead and this is where she meets Mikael (Fabian Svegaard Tapia) who introduces her to hip hop. While she learns more about dance and even progresses in school she still hasn’t told her old life anything about her new lifestyle. She starts to fall for Mikael, still keeping Askel out of the loop. Things get more and more complicated the further you watch.

Give it a shot on Netflix, even if you don’t like the teen romance plot, stay for the amazing dance solos!

Video Credit – YouTube

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