Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam: Extended Edition, is everything you would expect from a TV movie musical pumped out by Disney. BIG Disney stars, BIG musical numbers, BIG dance breaks, and BIG acting. The key word here is BIG. Is that a good thing, well, I’ll let you be the judge. Where the first film had an earnest budget, smaller story, and focused on the music, this film seems to have taken a few shots of Disney Steroids and become what they must feel is “Bigger, Better and Brigther.” It’s all about preference really. Do you like hearing your artists acoustically, on a small stage in a coffee shop where they look you in the eye? Or do you like the gigantic arena events, with fireworks, explosions and highly choreographed popping and locking?
Camp Rock 2 follows the same character from the first film, Mitchie, played by Demi Lovato. If I can sidetrack here a bit, I want to talk about Demi Lovato. She is something special. You can put me in the same group of people who once made fun of the kids movie musical craze to a point. It seems they are all the rage with the High School Musical trilogy, GLEE and a host of other options for youngsters.
I do want to point out that Demi Lovato SOARS above the rest of Disney’s family. She is by far the best singer that Disney has come out with since Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. Miley Cyrus is constantly in auto-tune and most of the time can’t seem to find the right key. Selena Gomez is still just starting out, and the Jonas Brothers, well, they are real musicians and I’ll get to them later.
In the first film and this film, Demi seems to be finding her acting chops, probably with help from “Sonny with a Chance” her television show on Disney. At times, she does over act a bit, but her performances help the awkward pauses. She said in an interview that this was a fun film for her to make simply because she got to dance more. This film has A LOT of dancing. Some good, some bad, some nods to old 40’s musicals, some nods to the STEP UP films and street dancing. Okay, enough about Demi…
Mitchie (Lovato) can’t wait to return to Camp Rock to meet up with friends, sing songs and see her crush Shane (Joe Jonas). Joined by Shane’s musical group brothers Nate(Nick Jonas) and Jason(Kevin Jonas) the 4 embark on what they hope is a summer to remember. Things get complicated, like they always do, when across the river a new camp, CAMP STAR has opened up and is taking the spotlight away from the kids at Camp Rock who just want to sing, dance and have fun. A subplot involving the head of Camp Rock and the head of Camp Star drives the film (they were bandmates who had a falling out, now they compete against each other), but ultimately people tune in to see Lovato, The Jonas Brothers and singing and dancing.
PERFORMANCES (STANDOUTS, FLOPS, THOSE TO REMEMBER):
Like I said above, Demi Lovato was wonderful. She needs to branch out and do something other than Disney, in my opinion. Lovato is a STAR in every sense of the word.
The Jonas Brothers came in and did their thing. They are good performers, no doubt about it. Some people hate their music, but let’s face it, Nick Jonas, the prodigy of the group who writes all the music, has to get credit for providing them with the ammo that got them grammy nominated and world famous. As far as acting, Nick and Joe were good and someone needs to tell Kevin to tone it down a bit. He might be better for stage.
Disney introduced two new performers: Mathhew Mdot Finley and Chloe Bridges. The former seemed to fall in love with his voice being digitized, or perhaps the producers did. He is a good dancer, but I don’t know how he’ll last with Lovato around.
Bridges is a funny find. It seems they wanted Angelina Jolie at age 18. She didn’t sing much, but her acting was fair and all I could think about was her resemblance to Jolie.
DID THE FILM DELIVER THE GOODS?:
Let me start by saying that I deal with kids aged 5-13 every day. I teach them drama. Basically, how to act, get out of their shell, learn lines and perform. Since they are the ones this film is targeted for, it is great to hear their opinions.
Most of the KIDS loved the film. I can see why. Most of the acting is over-the-top and the dancing and singing just comes at you out of nowhere. Kids love to get up and dance when a song comes on, and this film gives them chance after chance.
If you want YOUR KID to watch this, then YES this film is PERFECT for them. You will be able to watch it with them and laugh at the scenes that are over done and enjoy watching your child dance and sing to the likes of the Jonas Brothers.
As far as a film goes, you could tell they tried to make it bigger and better. The first film was more enjoyable because it didn’t try to be High School Musical, it was CAMP ROCK, but this time it seems the HSM mentality snuck in.
SPECIAL FEATURES, EXTRAS, THE WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE:
***Disney is the best at releasing BLU-RAY discs. You get the film on BLU-RAY, a DVD Copy, and a DIGITAL COPY. So many options, I love it.***
STANDARD DVD BONUS FEATURES:
Rock Along – Sing with the numbers
Extended Version of the Film – including TWO additional music sequences: “Walking in My Shoes” and “Different Summers”
BLU RAY EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:
Everything on the DVD plus…
Getting to know Camp Star’s Newest Stars
Music Videos from Camp Rockers around the World
**I was hoping for more features but what they had wasn’t bad.**
FEATURE RUN TIME: 104 Minutes
ASPECT RATION: 1:78:1
SOUND: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
ADULT RATING: 5 out of 10 KIDS RATING: 8 out of 10