A few weeks ago, I watched Step Up (HERE is the review if you missed it)! I have this whole marathon mindset going on these days and since HMV had crazy deals the last few weeks, I went and bought Step Up 2: The Streets to continue. Just saying, this starting to turn out to be more like a Channing Tatum overload because the next review going up is also with him in it. This one luckily (or maybe not) had a little cameo of him in the beginning as a link to his last character. Lets check out how Step Up 2 did 🙂
Director: Jon M. Chu
When Andie’s always supportive mother passes away, she lives with her mom’s best friend Sarah and her little boy Charlie. Her passion has led to be a part of the street dance crew 4-1-0 who has been the 5 year reigning champion of The Streets annual competition. As her grades aren’t holding up in school, Sarah is making her go to Texas to live with her aunt instead, so to lessen the burden. One night, when she goes to a neighborhood dance scene, she sees long time friend, Tyler (Channing Tatum from Step Up) who convinces her to go to Maryland School of Arts and put her dance skills to proper use and think about her future and also successfully convinces Sarah to give her one more chance to prove that she can be better. At the school, the director Blake Collins tries to change her style to the how he views a successful dancer should do and at the same time, the director’s brother Chase, who wants to be part of The Streets gets together and together they gather a group of students to joint he MSA crew. With her 4-1-0 kicking her out and not accepted by the street dance scene, and the Director telling them to not do The Streets, the MSA crew needs to find the strength to do what they believe is right.
Man, I could’ve talked about the plot in 3 sentences instead of that draggy paragraph up there. Again, like my last review, these stories are quite simple and super predictable. Step Up 2: The Streets doesn’t really have the same spark as the first but it still has its fun moments. There are a lot of dance scene and the music is more mainstream rather than the fusioned type in the first one. Its not completely two styles coming together but rather a story to encourage and inspire young adults to follow their dreams and believe in their own talents. MSA crew was about a group of students who aren’t noticed for their actual potential or misplaced and misunderstood in the school.
I’m not familiar with most of the cast either. The only few exception is Robert Hoffman that I saw in She’s The Man as the douchebag ex-boyfriend. Lets just say he’s impression isn’t completely awesome in my mind. In this one, he plays the lead actor and he’s okay. He’s no Channing Tatum, of course but he has a cute face. He has decent chemistry with the lead actress. My favorite character has to be Moose played by Adam Sevani. He was awesome and at times, hilarious. Second mention goes out to Harry Shum Jr. because he’s an awesome dancer and he’s one of my faves in Glee :). I was pleasantly surprised that he was in this dance flick! The rest of the cast was actually pretty funny and did alright!
Simple dance flick, cool music and decent cast makes this an enjoyable movie to just relax! It does struggle at times to be hitting boring area but they pick it back up with some nice beats! 🙂 As usual, the final dance scene is always the best and most awesome part of it all!
Step Up 3 soon!! I have it, just need to watch it!