STEP UP 3… Without the D

| December 23, 2010

FIRST IMPRESSION:
I saw STEP UP 3D in theaters and actually had a good experience. If you go into the film knowing it’s going to be a cheese fest, with obvious attempts at utilizing the 3D, then you will have fun. The acting is pretty sub-par minus a few performances. The dancing, well, it’s a dancing movie so it’s top-notch. Unfortunately, the copy I reviewed wasn’t in 3D so I couldn’t tell you how it looked on a TV, but without 3D, it’s not the same.
PLOT:
A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers, including Luke (Malambri) and Natalie (Vinson), team up with NYU freshman Moose (Sevani), and find themselves pitted against the world’s best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever. (taken from Walt Disney summary on IMDB)
Basically, two dance groups battle it out for $100,000 cash, so that the main character can keep his “dance studio/apartment/dorm” open. Apparently dancers can’t get other jobs AND dance, so all bets are on them winning this contest.
PERFORMANCES (STANDOUTS, FLOPS, THOSE TO REMEMBER)
The real star of this film is Adam G. Sevani, who plays MOOSE, the character who first appeared in Step Up 2: The Streets. The kid can act, he can dance, and he has presence on the big screen. He was one of my favorite parts of the second film, and he is definitely the reason I enjoyed this film.
The only crime of this movie is that MOOSE wasn’t the main character. I feel like the producers came in and said “No one will watch a movie with a skinny jewish dancer as the lead….let’s throw in two models, write them a love story, and keep the skinny kid as the B story.” I would have LOVED this movie, if it was about MOOSE….but alas, sometimes what we want isn’t in the cards.
Rick Malambri, who plays Luke, the main character, was just….bad. I don’t know why they cast him. I won’t knock his other work, because I haven’t seen it, but first of all, this is a DANCING movie and he CAN’T DANCE! Why did they cast him. The lead in the second film, Robert Hoffman, is an award winning dancer, and a charming actor…couldn’t they have written him in? It didn’t make sense. He was awkward to watch.
Finally, I appreciate that they casted real dancers as the supporting roles, but other than the twins in the film, some of them came across as acting too hard. No one stood out but Moose, and Camille played by Alison Stoner, who you might remember from the first film.
DID THE FILM DELIVER THE GOODS?:
For being a dancing movie, YES, the film delivered the goods. It kept my interest. Sometimes, the interest was me laughing at the cheesiness of the whole thing, but, that counts for something. If you are a fan of musicals, or dancing, I would recommend this as a rent. If you are a fan of the Step Up series…I think number 2 still wins for best film, but this film is very close.
SPECIAL FEATURES, EXTRAS, THE WHOLE KIT & KABOODLE:
The film had a decent amount of extras.
Extra Moves (More dancing)
8 music videos
Making of the music videos
Born from a Boom Box: A Luke Katcher Film (I don’t know why)
Deleted scenes with intros by director Jon M. Chu
You also get a digital copy of the film.
FEATURE RUN TIME: 107 Minutes
ASPECT RATION: 1:85:1
SOUND: Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound ( I was a little disappointed with the sound. Perhaps if I had the surround sound on it would have been better. I felt the music didn’t PUMP as much as it did in the theater.
The picture was very crisp, almost too crisp at times making it look fake.
————-FINAL RATING—————-
MOVIE: 6 out of 10 DVD: 7 out of 10

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