Will The Get Down prove another Netflix hit? Netflix just released the first six episodes of its hip- hop musical fantasy to mixed reviews, after multiple delays and a production that reportedly swelled to $120 million.

Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the figure, if accurate, would make The Get Downthe most expensive series in Netflix history, according to The Digital Music News. The series gives a fictionalized account of the birth of hip hop in 1977 South Bronx, with a little magic realism thrown into the mix.

If you're familiar with Luhrmann's other films, including The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge, you'll get an idea of the lush production values favored by the Australian director.

'The Get Down' – the story

Despite the flashes of fantasy and stylized action scenes, Luhrmannwanted to make the musical part of the TV series authentic, enlisting hip hop luminaries Nas, Grandmaster Flash, and Kurtis Blow on the production team. Grandmaster Flash is also a character in the series, played by Mamoudou Athie as the musical guru to a group of talented teenagers that include Shameik Moore as Shaolin Fantastic, Justice Smith as Ezekie Figuero and Herizen Guardiola as Mylene Cruz.

Shaolin, Zeke and the Kipling brothers, played by Jaden Smith, Tremaine Brown Jr., and Skylan Brooks, end up at an underground party where Zeke's talent for rhyming and budding DJ Shaolin come under the spotlight. The "Fantastic 4 + 1" crew are born and hip hop is about to explode. The show's score is written by Nas, and Grandmaster Flash, among others, and is available on its own. Music isn't the only creative expression for the kids of the South Bronx.

The Get Down also features graffiti, DJing, and dancing.

'The Get Down' – the reviews

The Get Down is getting a mixed reaction from reviewers, although most outlets praise music along with the visual spectacle created by Luhrmann. Pitchfork calls it "Rare (And Great)" and emphasizes the series' respect for the music.

The Atlantic calls it "grandiose" and says the "new Netflix show hums with cinematic magic."

Disco clashes with the new hip hop sound the crew is creating just as the high schoolers routinely butt up against the casual neighborhood gang violence, not to mention urban corruption, unreasonable parents, and more in the gritty neighborhood that was the South Bronx in the late 1970's. The series' first musical number ends in a shoot up of a disco club. A review in Time Magazinesays that the series"misses too many beats" in its attempts to cram too many concepts into The Get Down as the storyline strays from the teenagers and their music.

Will The Get Down find its audience? Netflix is reportedly releasing the remaining sixepisodes in 2017.

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