Breakin' 2 - Electric Boogaloo Reviews
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo kicks off by presenting audiences with its cheap excuse for a story. This time, we gather that Kelly's parents are not happy with the life she has chosen for herself but she doesn't care, and Ozone has begun teaching breakdancing at a local community centre. This is clarified when Kelly asks him "So you're teaching class" to which he responds "Yeah I'm teaching class now". We could have gathered that from the simple "Yeah", but Ozone goes out of his way to clarify something viewers are already aware of, and its one of the many cases in which Ozone consistently repeats himself in the off-chance that . This is the first signifier to the mediocre nature of the screenplay, even though the style-over-substance nature of the preceding Breakin' (1984) clearly revealed this. But I guess if anyone is expecting clever writing, they shouldn't be watching a film which is actually titled Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. In actual fact, the script is so poor calibre that it goes beyond the low bar set by Breakin' and ends up having dialogue which is very laughable. This means that the cheesy writing in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo helps to bring fun into the experience.
The story in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is actually more compelling than the one in Breakin'. While both films have conventional and familiar tales, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo carries one with a stronger anti-establishment vibe in its undertones. Breakdancing is put to use to actually help the community out this time, and yet the film maintains a very lighthearted tone. Of course, once the film repeats the faults of its predecessor in terms of putting too much focus on protagonist Kelly rather than the more likable Ozone and Turbo, this is where it begins to take a downturn. The film oddly oscillates between her story and the bigger picture, the latter not minding to go into ridiculous territory at times. I mean, one scene actually depicts a bunch of characters in a hospital suddenly breaking out into dance with skinny female nurses joining in and injured patients suddenly bring cured of their injuries and capable of performing skilled choreography. Frankly, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo carries good intentions but proves incapable of deciding between narrative sensibility or a directionless groove. Somewhere along the way, viewers will just have to give up on hopes for anything more than a repeat of Breakin' in a different setting. And though the same charms may be returning, there is too much of a sense that it has all been done before simply because it actually has. Once again, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is simply a feature-length music video
Even though the gimmicks of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo have all been seen before, they are still entertaining the second time around. Of course, the film is aimed at the most diehard fans of the original or the most active breakdancing aficionados and do not carry the same modicum of innovation that they once did. But either way, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is a refreshingly well-choreographed sequel which carries a talented collection of dance sequences to match the groovy nature of its soundtrack. There is enjoyable dancing and plenty of it which manages to work its way into the scenes in the most random fashion as if the film is a sendup of musical cinema. The film frequently descends into being a self-parody which cares about nothing more than its dance choreography as the need for a story is completely disregarded, and if viewers can direct their focus away from the distinct lack of any sort of scriptural coherence so that they may enjoy the sight of breakdancing in the most heavily 80's fashion then they can certainly have some fun with Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. If you can't have fun with a film of such a title, then you don't need to look anywhere beyond it.
When it comes to the cast of Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, viewers get much of the same experience they got the first time around. But then again, that logic applies to every facet of the film.
Lucinda Dickey is a star limited in her abilities once again. Kelly doesn't have to transition into being a breakdancer this time as she has already established that in Breakin' so the focus ends up being less on her and more on the bigger picture of things, but the film still manages to falter through putting too much focus on her. Once again she is a dull protagonist, and though viewers have come to expect it this time around it's just a shame that Sam Firstenberg repeats his same mistakes once again and emphasizes the lacklustre writing and shortage of charisma on behalf of Lucinda Dickey. The actress has picked up in talent since the first film and she is already into the breakdancing scene which means there is less messing around to cope with, but she still fails to show any spirit in the melodramatic scenes which really emphasize that her talents do not exceed that of the writer who actually titled this film Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. But there are still too many people pretending like she should be doing any acting and that is really one of the film's most major downfalls. Lucinda Dickey can't do anything special beyond dancing in Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and any attempt that she makes to actually do so simply hits viewers over the head with this fact.
Luckily enough her performance is overshadowed by the presence of Adolfo "Shabba Doo" Quinones and Michael "Boogalo Shrimp" Chambers once again. These are the two who know the appropriate approach to the film and are all about the groove and not about pretending to act. They just dance their way through the film and use sass at anyone who questions them, and that's really what the film is all about. Shabba Doo and Boogaloo Shrimp manage to have plenty of fun with Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo and pass that energy on to the audience with gleefully free-spirited performances with more charisma than sensibility.
Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo is ultimately a heavy repeat of its predecessor with the same lacklustre story, thin acting and gleeful dance choreography that made the first one popular. Unfortunately, this also means it's all been seen before.
"Derek's a nerd. You're the one who liked him, not me"
"At least she's not spending people with those street people, darling."
And that scene between the films heroine, Lucinda Dickey (a real-life Solid Gold Dancer), and her rich snooty parents pretty much sums up the drama for this very silly sequel to the surprisingly enjoyable first "Breakin'" film. The main drama here is that some rich people want to demolish a local community center in Adolfo 'Shabba-Doo' Quinones and Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Chambers' neighborhood to make way for redevelopment. There's another more personal wrong-side-of-the-tracks love story between Dickey and Shabba-Doo that entrails scenes like "You don't belong to Ozone. You don't belong in this neighborhood!" The first film was not just an enjoyable dance movie, but it was also a decent subculture story, where an outsider characters learns about the burgeoning breakdancing culture. Although that film was not exactly as gritty or real as "Boyz N the Hood" or as politically active as "School Daze," it did have a certain amount of realism and grit that was replaces in this sequel by bright dance colors, a story riddled with cliches and even dance numbers featuring dancing nurses and doctors. When the phrase "Electric Boogaloo" can now be added to any superfluous sequel (i.e. Sex and the City 2: Electric Boogaloo), that pretty much tells you that this film is a prime example of a sequel that really did not need to be made. However, in the film's favor, the three main leads are all very likable and Boogaloo Shrimp does have one memorable number doing a breakdancing Fred Astaire homage by dancing on the ceiling of his bedroom (which was achieved by borrowing the rotating room from the set of "A Nightmare On Elm Street"). Also in the film's favor is the nostalgia value of the film when it comes to 1980s fashion, dance and music, which I think is really the only reason for anyone to watch this film.
For those of you who wonder what 1984 was really like, this is pretty much it. Bright colors, lots of spandex, and groups of charming misfits banding together to fight against the evil rich guys in order to save whatever it is they call home.
"It is impossible to enter into any discussion without acknowledging that this is probably the greatest name to a sequel that has ever been given in the history of cinema."
I love that their violent opposition is resolved in spontaneous dance. And the people who dance worse retreat.
Why was I going for developers?
The lunch chase scene is one of the greatest things ever. As the kid steals the construction worker's lunch, you see his workmate throw down a map and helmet on the street, he was so infuriated. Then a dog joined the chase, then he fell down the stairs, via stunt double who looked like Fred Sanford. It was pure genius.
I miss the the 80's.