‘King of the Dancehall’ is Nick Cannon’s biggest venture yet since leaving ‘America’s Got Talent.’ He wrote, directed, and starred in the film which went up on YouTube Red this past week. The venture has an all star cast with appearances by Busta Rhymes, Whoopi Goldberg, and more.
To achieve the film, Cannon went deep into the Jamaican dance scene and it shows. The movie is undoubtedly a love story to the island where dance moves for huge Beyonce videos originate.
In this love story with little plot and tons of dancing, bodies pulsate, everyone looks sweaty, and clothes are often tossed aside to showcase beautiful bodies.
The film, inspired by a true story, is punctuated with fun commentary from Moses “Beenie Man” Davis, who also provides some soundtrack tunes. The documentary style commentary on the Jamaica’s dance scene is possibly the most engaging part of the film, that, and its epic dance battles.
There is a loose plot around the lead character dealing marijuana and infringing on some well-established turf, but it’s mainly there to set-up battle scenes to take place on the dance floor.
If you love dance movies, ‘King of the Dancehall’ is worth the watch.