Day 71: The LXD: The Uprising Begins (2010)

Well, I just spent an hour and twenty-five minutes watching The LXD; and, to be honest, I am not quite sure what I saw. Really, I am pretty confused here. And I’m not talking about the confusion I felt when I first saw Yahoo Serious in Young Einstein or when I heard how many people loved Avatar (uh, really? The difficult to acquire substance is called “unobtanium.” Seriously? I just can’t get past that, sorry). No, The LXD offered a whole new level of confusion. I don’t know what happened in the story (or if there was a story), but I still found it slightly appealing.



Typically, the second paragraph of my post would offer a brief synopsis of the movie or television show that I watched. Since I truly cannot put into words what The LXD is about, I thought I would take this opportunity to talk about my puppy, Sirius (yes, he is named after Sirius Black). We recently trained him to do “the gentleman”–if you watched How I Met Your Mother like I told you to, this would make sense. Sirius, being such a cool canine, is very into dancing and he watched The LXD (League of Extraordinary Dancers) with me. While personally he is quite fond of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” he is currently all about the “Hammer Time.” OK, I wrote more than a sentence and I can justify that as constituting a paragraph.


The LXD is essentially a series of vignettes that feature some really sweet dance routines. Although the show attempts to follow a story, it is really all about the dance. I actually enjoyed watching all of the amazing choreography and mind-blowing dance moves (seriously, are some of those movements even humanly possible? Are these dancers really aliens?).


If you come into this show expecting an even mildly coherent storyline, you are barking up the wrong tree. In a way, I almost want to classify The LXD as an experimental film. There is very little dialogue– and some “chapters” rely on onscreen text (seemingly based off of comic books, er, graphic novels). This pushes the dancing and the music to the forefront of the show; they are the driving force.


Given that this show is difficult to classify, I feel I cannot use the same standards that I have held other movies up to. As a pure showcase for dancing, The LXD is successful. It is also quite successful in making me feel like I am the most uncoordinated person on the planet. However, it is enjoyable for those who love to watch modern styles of dance masterfully performed. Just pretend that it makes sense to have dance-offs in the office, or at a prom, or virtually anywhere; and that the fate of the world depends on these competitions. Easy peasy.


Have a wonderful day!


Score: B-

Netflix Watch Instantly Queue: 198

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