Finally, the last movie of 2017 went to a rather random choice of watching the latest Bring it On called Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack. Its really not that out of the world since the last time I watched all the Bring It On was when I was preparing for New Year’s Eve dinner a few years back. I guess the brainless entertainment part of these films tend to make them okay to put on as it doesn’t take a lot of attention and energy. I honestly don’t have high hopes for this one but I figured why not, since I had already seen the previous five (or something).
Let’s check it out!
Bring it On: Worldwide #Cheersmack (2017)
Director: Robert Adetuyi
Cast: Christine Prosperi, Jordan Rodrigues, Gia Lodge O’Meally, Sven Ruygrok, Sophie Vavasseur, Stephan Benson, Vivica A. Fox
When Destiny (Prosperi), captain of three-time national champions “The Rebels,” is challenged to a global cheer showdown by an edgy new team called “The Truth,” the Cheer Goddess organizes a virtual battle for squads from all around the world. – IMDB
Over the past five Bring It On movies, I have learned to embrace its formula. Some of them are pretty silly to watch but because of the cast or some cool cheerleading moves, it somehow still is in my memory a little. Unfortunately, Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack really doesn’t have much of that. It is incredibly flawed and frankly, there were moments that were downright annoying. If you venture here for a while, you do know that I am quite lenient on certain films particularly of the guilty pleasure variety but there was no guilt and no pleasure. I did however spend a lot of time rolling my eyes.
Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack is lacking in many things. It tries to add suspense to its story by bringing in a mysterious squad called The Truth Squad. However, that falls flat because the mystery doesn’t stay hidden for very long. There were a lot of ridiculous over the top moments and a lot of forced dialogue. Vivica A. Fox played the Cheer Goddess which had some interesting outfits but it was so very weird to watch perhaps even bordering cringe worthy. I’m not going to point out the formula because these movies clearly have that because I’ve always defended that formulaic films when done well with their own twist do have some entertaining factors but this one sadly missed the mark.
I don’t like just putting down films because obviously, trying to make films are hard especially when its the 6th one. I personally think Bring It On should probably be left alone at this point but then, some people believe that Step Up should be left alone like 4 films ago but I still enjoy them so what do I know, right? With that said, I did find a few positives here. For one, I liked the love interest here, Blake played by Jordan Rodrigues. I has come to my attention that he is in a TV show called The Fosters which I’ve heard of but never seen. Its on Netflix so I’ll try to check it out soon. Aside from that, there were some nice messages here enforced through the relationship between Blake and Destiny, our main girl here who needs to put down her ego and of course, Blake is the one who helps her see the important things in life other than her popularity. A respectable and important message to sometimes put aside social media and the internet and embrace real life and real people and notice the beautiful things around us. Finally, I can’t decide if its a pro or a con so I’ll take it as a respectable homage from the team here to put into their routines for the finale a few tastes of some of the past inspired difficult moves in previous Bring It On films. Why I don’t say that because I am no cheerleading expert and Canada doesn’t seem to have any cheerleading competitions (but I don’t look for it so we might) like in the US so I only know about cheerleading stuff through the five previous Bring It On movies and I don’t remember it all that well so they look familiar to what I remember being the highlight breakout moves that win the routines in previous Bring It On films but I can’t be sure. However, if it is, then call it copying if you want to be negative but I’d say its giving some respect to previous movies for the fans, I suppose.
Overall, Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack is a rather lackluster viewing experience. The angle here somewhat works as it does seem to want to step towards the Step Up style in their films of meshing different styles together and the movies are done in a similar sort of formula meshed with a Bring It On formula. It doesn’t fully execute mostly because the characters here are quite annoying and lack in depth. There is a lot of the convenience of a decision that drives the film and you can see the conflict that it wants to put forward from the decision a character makes.