The film itself isn’t exactly a well-developed masterpiece. The plot is thin: Graffiti rebel (Lee Quinones) pines after graffiti girl (Lady Pink) and contemplates what it means to sell out, interspersed with dancing and rapping scenes. But it’s clear, now more than ever, that the story is just an excuse for the real point of “Wild Style”: to document a living, breathing culture in the early part of its development.
In addition to audio commentary from writer/director Charlie Ahearn and informal guru Fab 5 Freddy, new footage shot in the past five years dominates the special features, which helps update the audience on the film’s global impact. Interviews with Quinones and Lady Pink assert that “Wild Style” was more reality than fiction, though a more in-depth look into the current lives of some of the major players would’ve been nice.
Ditto the all-too-brief musical performance segments from this year’s 25th and 2002’s 22nd anniversary. They’ll make you want to see even more of the guys (especially rapper Chief Rocker Busy Bee and DJ Grand Wizard Theodore) who still have the skills to pay the bills.