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Good music, fair film,
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This review is from: High School Musical 2 (Extended Edition) (DVD)
This sequel to High School Musical features the same stars as the first film and nearly the same plot. Once again, high school hunk Troy (Zac Efron) ponders whether he should stick to the stuff he knows (in this case, the sweet Gabriella), the conniving Sharpay wants him there beside her, and eventually everyone learns that they're all in this together. OK, that wasn't fair. That's also the plot of "Grease," and for that matter, nearly every other teen musical.
In this case, though, I couldn't help feeling let down. Unlike the original (High School Musical (Encore Edition)), this film breathes not a breath of fresh air. It is, in essence, just a clone of its mama. If you loved the first film you'd like this one -- it has the same feel-good bounce -- but I bet you won't be watching it as often.
So why four stars? The music. It's better! "You Are The Music In Me" is a sincere, catchy duet by Gabriella and Troy (Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron) that uses a gospel chorus to rise above nearly everything ever cranked out by today's dime-a-dozen pop tarts. "Everyday" (also Gabriella and Troy) is in the same vein, a Britney-esque bouncer with a finale that seems literally straight out of a black church. "I Don't Dance" boogies along like an old big-band number, while the staccato boy-band rocker "Bet On It" (Troy) recalls the best of Michael Jackson. Finally, "All for One" is a hand-clapping shout-out that hints, a little, at Sheryl Crow's "Soak in the Sun." The soundtrack is available here: High School Musical 2.
Why "Extended Edition'? Because an additional music scene has been integrated into the film: the musical number Troy and Sharpay rehearse. The scene features Sharpay playing a pineapple princess looking for her "fresh fish prince" in the Polynesian fantasy "Humuhumunukunukua'pua'a." Bonus features include a sing-along feature, rehearsal footage and music videos.
One final note: Though this DVD is in fullscreen, the Blu-ray version is widescreen.
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Initial post: Sep 5, 2007 1:14:56 PM PDT
Thanks for keeping your review real. I already bought the CD soundtrack, but won't be buying the DVD.
Posted on Mar 25, 2010 1:12:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2010 1:13:58 PM PDT
Jim LaRegina says:
Julie, what I find most noteworthy about HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL TWO is Zac Efron's performance. Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel upstage him in the first HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL but the talented Mr. Efron finds his mojo in this sequel. Not that he's the only appealing actor among these young performers, but so far Zac Efron's been the most visible of the bunch outside of the three H.S.M. features, appearing in well-received films such as ORSON WELLES AND ME and the HAIRSPRAY remake, as well as the popular albeit mediocre SEVENTEEN AGAIN.
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