Some of you may know I’m very much a musically inclined person and I may not dance very well but I love dance movies, especially Step Up series. I love them! They are fun and energetic and I sometimes pretend I can bust a move and try in my room (just never in public). So, I always give chances to these movies. They aren’t masterpieces but they are cool. I’ve heard of StreetDance but I’ve never seen much publicity on it. Honestly, the poster looks a tad cheesy but its been sitting in my Netflix list for a few days and I needed to unwind with something less heavy after Contagion and Conviction (which makes this review pretty late), so here we are!
Let’s see what StreetDance is all about!
Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Cast: Nichola Burley, Richard Winsor, Ukweli Roach, Frank Harper, George Sampson, Charlotte Rampling, Rachel McDowall
Jay 2.0 just passes the auditions to enter into the UK Champions Final. If they win this, they get their big break to go to the World Champions in New York. Right after this, Jay (Ukweli Roach), the leader of Jay 2.0 says he needs a timeout from everything including his girlfriend Carly (Nichola Burley) and passes on the crew to her care. The crew doesn’t have money for renting space to rehearse and while on her delivery job, she meets Helena Fitzgerald (Charlotte Rampling), the head of the ballet school. Helena is impressed by Carly and her crew’s talents and offers to let them rehearse in her studio for free but with the condition that they have to include her top 5 ballet dancers into their routine. With no choice, Carly decides to take on the challenge and see what she can make of it. Could ballet dancers turn into street dancers? Will they have their routine ready and win in just 5 weeks? Or maybe, there’s something more, after all, ballet and street are both just different forms of dance. Maybe accepting to see the point of view through Thomas (Richard Winsor), one of the ballet dancers, would open up new possibilities.
StreetDance is just another dance movie. I would agree with that completely because it has all the elements you would find in Step Up series as well. In fact, what makes StreetDance stand out for me is that its not set in US (like usual) but rather in UK. It gives a new style to the movie. The language is a bit different and at the same time, the interaction and vibe is also different. Its refreshing to see how they put together a dance movie with a different setting giving it a little something extra. I really liked the change. This also brought on some good music choices as well, a lot of which I haven’t heard before.
The story is about meshing ballet with street dance and seeing if the two worlds can actually go together. The idea that dance is a universal language regardless of the style. While its about two worlds, it also adds in the side story of Carly, the leader of street dance crew and Thomas, a talented ballet dancer and their romance that kind of grows. Why I say kind of is because there is a bigger emphasis on the infatuation of Thomas to Carly more than the other way around since she is still getting over Jay for a good part of the flick. Although meshing ballet and street dance isn’t a new concept, Step Up did it, in many ways I found this one better than that one. Maybe its because I like the characters more in this one, maybe its because its gives focus on not only two dancers but on a group effort, seeming a bit closer to Step Up 3 or 4. Plus, it has some neat dance choreography and good tension here and there. It brings in a good level of fun.
I don’t really know how to dissect a dance movie other than saying whether I had fun with it or not. However, the acting here is not immense but it does make up for it with some unique dance choreographies and some pretty awesome dance music. It made me really fall in love with the movie. In fact, I went back to watch the full movie for the whole week afterwards, which was probably one of the reasons why I haven’t posted this up yet and especially going back for the dance parts because its just fun. I’ve always wanted to learn how to street dance so it particularly pleases me. I’ve also had all the music on repeat on my MP3 for the last 2 weeks. Its upbeat and motivating and helps to wake me up during the day 🙂
In my last post, I talked about the movie that brought back Bodyrox into my life and this is it so before I wrap this review up, here’s a song from the movie:
Or maybe one thats more known:
The second video has clips from the movie so maybe you can get a quick idea of the movie.
Overall, StreetDance isn’t an epic dance movie but its new setting and style gives it something new and gives it a breath of fresh air. The cast are not great actors but the characters they are given makes it attractive. The best part is to sit back and enjoy some upbeat music and watch some brilliant dance choregraphy. The idea of finding yourself and breaking out of the norm and that dance is an universal language works very well.
Are you into dance movies? Whats your favorite? Have you seen StreetDance?