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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Step Up 2 The Streets

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A young street dancer from the bad part of town, gets a chance to dance with the rich kids from the fancy dance school, and ends up having to battle her old crew from the streets.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Briana Evigan, Robert Hoffman, Adam G. Sevani, Cassandra Ventura, Danielle Polanco, Black Thomas, Will Kemp and a whole mess of dancers.

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. If you enjoyed the first one, then you may as well Bring it On, and Stomp the Yard, because somebody's gonna Get Served! What I'm trying to say is that if you've seen the first one or any of the movies in the aforementioned sentence you know this story by heart... But dance movies are always a good time!

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: It takes a while to get there, but finally shows up in the form of an Asian Woman.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: If anyone cries in this movie, I will personally buy them a lollipop.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: Are they eligible to win Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew on MTV?

Q: How is the Acting?

A: The lead girl in this one is a much better actress than the girl from Step Up the first, and cuter, too. She looks like Hayden Panettiere with brown hair. Her male counterpart is also a cutey, but when he starts dancing you can't help but wonder if he's gay. Not that that's bad, I'm just saying I've never met a straight guy with dance technique that good. And here's a question for the casting department: why did the guy playing his brother have an English accent? I mean, I know the actor is British, but does that ever happen in life where one brother has an American accent, and the other one sounds Japanese?

Q: How is the Directing?

A: The movie looked pretty, but the dancing didn't energize me as much as I had hoped it would, and I can't help but blame the directing, because the choreography seemed strong. Some of the dance scenes are perfect, some have great concepts in them (especially the finale), but sometimes I felt like I wanted to be more inspired to 'get krunk,' and I couldn't help but think that a different camera angle, or a more focused lens, or brighter lighting would've served the energy better.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The script is bearable mainly because there is so little of it. What is there is generic and by the numbers, but if you're going to see this it shouldn't be for the story, it should be for the dancing, which takes up a lot more screen-time than the story anyway.

Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?

A: If you enjoy hip-hop music you might want to buy the soundtrack, which plays like a strong compilation of modern pop hip-hop songs.

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