Channing Tatum is red hot now. Looking at some of his movies, I’ve seen a few here and there. I never really got into him as an actor, although he has an attractive factor to him. Seeing as I love dance movies, my boyfriend was shocked when I told him that I hadn’t seen Step Up. It made it to the 4th movie last summer afterall, maybe it was time for me to dive into it. Magic Mike proved to me that Channing Tatum could dance, so why not give him a shot at Step Up, right?
Director: Anne Fletcher
Living in the less fortunate areas of society in a foster home, Tyler Gage (Channing Tatum) spends his time earning money doing illegal activities with his buddy, Mac (Damaine Radcliff) and his little brother Skinny (De’Shawn Washington). After getting kicked out of a party, they end up breaking the window accidentally to the Maryland School of Performing Arts and ends up vandalizing their theatre. When Tyler helps his friends escape but end up getting caught, he ends up having to pay with community service hours cleaning at the place that he committed his fault. Its there he meets Nora Clark (Jenna Dewan), a senior class dancer preparing for her final number in order to pursue her dream as a professional dancer. When her partner sprains his ankle and can’t join her, she needs to find herself a partner but none of the dancers that are willing to help her fit the part, until Tyler offers to help her rehearse as a replacement. At the reluctant approval with the director of the school, Director Gordon (Rachel Griffiths), they start rehearsing and start to know each other. As Tyler merges with this new group and sees new possibilities, he also struggles with losing his own friends and their support.
Wow, such a huge synopsis for a very simple movie. I watch these movies in abundance and own probably the majority of them. These inspirational youth flicks are something I watch a lot. I never expect much from this movie genre (does it even have its own genre?) but just take it as a relaxing time to listen to some cool music (most of the time), some dancing and singing and some silly flirting. Its always fun when I just shut off my mind of most criticisms.
This movie had a lot of pretty nice characters. I actually didn’t really hate on it much. The only thing I don’t like is that Channing Tatum talked like Paul Walker in 2 Fast 2 Furious, trying to be all tough, I guess. I don’t know how to describe it. Either way, he did dance pretty impressively. Plus, he was with quite the beautiful co-star Jenna Dewan (who I learned on IMDB) is now his beautiful wife in real life. Ah, romance from acting, right? Nice! I haven’t seen her anywhere before this but she was good in what she does. She’s a very elegant dancer. I enjoyed the supporting cast as well. Mario played Miles and the guy who makes the inspirational music in the movie. I love the last song. Whether he actually mixed that song, I don’t know but I loved that final dance scene’s song. Its in my MP3 on repeat right now. Now I’m talking about music…Fair to say, music was pretty good and the characters were decent.
These stories are enjoyable because they are simple. Its all about inspiring people that its possible to chase your dreams with hard work and a bit of luck. Its inspiring to watch others succeed in the performing arts. Of course, I mean, not everyone gets to be lucky and do what they are passionate about. I will never be the one to believe in dropping something completely and doing this..its how I was brought up, although as I’m learning how to find my passion and do something meaningful with it in my life, these style of movies really become quite charming and fun. It becomes a personal thing…I can’t really see if others will enjoy it as much as I did.
Step Up is pretty cool! I would definitely rewatch it when I have spare time. Its not epic and its not anything fancy, its just a fun dance/music and inspiring movie (if you buy the concept and like this sort of thing). It worked for me! Channing Tatum does a pretty decent job here (plus, he even has a ballet scene doing plies). He has a very pretty and talented dancer as his co-star. Its just a nice movie to sit back, relax, listen to some music, watch some dance scenes and see the inspiration and of course, love 😉
Do you like these music/dance/inspirational movies? I don’t know what to call them. Do you have a favorite? How about Step Up series, have you seen them all or some of them?