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Step Up 2: The Streets (Dance-Off Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Most dance movies aim too high: they want killer dance scenes -with- an excellent plot. What do most wind up with? Trite, familiar plots they still try to execute even though we've seen them before (so we know well enough to follow along) while still delivering a sliver or two of dance sequences... but nowhere near the amount the usual viewer wants to see.
Now, Step Up 2 says a big "yeah right" to that entire idea.
There is next to NO plot. Yeah, it's there, barely. Enough to pretend that it's not one long music video. But, it really IS like one long music video--and that's wicked awesome. The dance scenes are long and intricate, the music is great, and it delivers on everything I want to see in a dance movie: less talking and more dancing.
So if you're into these sorts of movies for the chick flick value, it might be a skip or a rent. But if you're into it for, well, the dancing--I give it 5 stars.
I think that this is a movie that anyone can enjoy, but it seems that people are split on which is better. Some think the first is better, while others prefer this newer, more hip version. Either way, this movie is DEFINITELY worth checking out!
So I waited.
I am happy (so happy) to say that `Step Up 2: The Streets' does not have the same story, even though it is slightly similar. It does lack the chemistry that made the original so charming, but the lead actress, Briana Evigan, carries enough saucy charm to make up for Robert Hoffman's lack of everything (the guy is kind of gross creepy here).
Andie is a teen with no real purpose. Her mother dies when she was young and she's been living with her mother's best friend. She finds herself at a crossroads when her ties with the infamous 410 (a dance crew) leave her with two options; a prestigious dance school or Texas. Now, I live in Texas, so I understand why she opted for the school. She doesn't fit in (of course) but she finds herself flirting with even more danger when the school legend Chase Collins takes a liking to Andie, and her dance style, and convinces her to join forces with him, and a slew of talented yet overlooked students, in order to take on a street dancing competition. Love develops, feelings are trampled, rivalries are started...and dancing HAPPENS!
Like I said, Evigan is great.Read more ›
I wonder if anyone watched "Breakin" 1, 2, "Krush Groove" or "Beat Street" in research. Know your history.. (on a side note, it would have been interesting to get Adolpho Quinones and Michael Chambers to play some bit parts.)
The film is surprisingly effective. It's clearly a formula film, broadly in the underdog-youth-team-of-misfits genre. Whatever the various plot holes, it is very professionally shot and put together. Excellent choreography and cinematography. There is also plenty of hip-hop dance music by contemporary artists of the genre (a bonus CD soundtrack would have been nice for the DVD release.)
That the main point-of-view characters/romantic leads were Caucasian was somewhat to be expected for a major studio film. To the filmmakers credit, they did feature a multi-cultural cast, though only a few of the characters are given personalities.
It's unclear how much of her own dancing that Briana Evigan did, but she's sympathetic and compelling as the tough-but-sensitive Andie.
Some quibbles: Several of the characters here don't rise above stereotypes, (the talented dork Moose, the bullying rival crew leader Tuck.) It's curious that the director, John Chu, is Asian-American, and the one prominent Asian character is a foreign exchange student with a choppy accent who speaks in clipped catchphrases. And does anyone from the 'hood dance crews go to school at all? (To that point, I suppose it was nearly unavoidable, but many of the actors/dancers featured here skew too old to pass as current high school students.Read more ›
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Loved the music, the dancing and the personalities of the characters. Very entertaining for anyone who loves dance and a bit of a Cinderella/underdog story.Published 4 days ago by Kathryn W.
I have always liked this movie I had to get it because it is very amusing and a lot of drama.Published 9 days ago by Lori Townsend
Not the greatest movie as far as a plot but the music and dancing is awesome so that's why I sit through the cheesy stuff.Published 10 days ago by Michelle C Callahan
It's so good it gives me the willies. I love this movie. It makes me feel so good and cheese-like.Published 20 days ago by Hammer-Y
I watch the Step Up movies with my 9yr old who just thinks they are great. There is always some romance but its clear in these installments its about the dancing as much as the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kcarlough
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