This list is complied from the films mentioned in Jack Lehtonen's Mubi list on vulgar auteurism, the films mentioned in…
Step Up 3D
Two Worlds. One Dream.
A tight-knit group of New York City street dancers, including Luke and Natalie, team up with NYU freshman Moose, and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.
The non-dancing parts are, like, strictly from hunger, man, but if that long single-take number doesn't make you think of Singin' in the Rain just a little, you need to be having more fun.
Pure, hyperactive energy streamlined straight into the heart of every seamless sequence. The run-of-the-mill "save the dance center" story meets the ultra-stylization of its structure and choreography. These two extremes of intense formalism and dry classicism should clash instantly (see the soporific Scott Pilgrim), but Chu's direction and just the overall personality that it holds so dear to its heart that no other dance film this decade has even come close to match makes it one of the more complex films in the genre. It never lets its hollow storyline take charge for even a second and this goes beyond than the fact that there is more time and care put into the inventively lightweight dance sections. A true product of digital culture and its technologies.
Cinema of agility in its purest form. Bliss.
aka Step Up 3
I've not seen Step Up 1 or 2, I don't like dancing, this wasn't in the 3D format and it was my wife's choice ...and yet I kinda sorta enjoyed this.
It felt a bit like a Fast and Furious film but with dancing instead of car chases and explosions. At first I saw parallels with Tokyo Drift, and then they really push the surrogate family angle, and I later found out that certain cameos and/or characters are from the two previous films!
So yes, it's silly and predictable but I found it strangely watchable for what it is. 5/10.
I accidentally watched this last night when I was waiting to go to the cinema, why do they keep playing these films on tv, they suck you in and they're not even that good.
At least this one was better than the 4th one, but I'm sure as they go along they get get cornier and the acting gets much worse. At least Moose is epic and the dancing in this one is pretty sick.
I don't really have much else to say, its aight.
An entire squaggle of middlers 'stepped up' for this all time classic romp. On the downside this is no 'Honey. Some of the chicks looked like they should be en-fenced. All is not lost however, this version shits on 'Step Up' and 'Step Up Two - Take It To The Streets', although the latter has a much much cooler name.
In summary, 'Step Up 3 - Take It Back Inside' has enough side boob and velour derrière to enrapture boys from 12.5+
Not my favorite of the Step Up franchise, but it had some pretty cool dance sequences. The water dance orchestrated by Moose in the Battle of GWAI was the highlight of this movie for me. But I sure did miss Andie West (Briana Evigan).
The formula was set by the first movie, pretty much, but this is a series that has gone from strength to strenght, supplying great dance scenes and ridiculously skilled choreography in the same way that the Fast & Furious movies cram more cars and ridiculous action into each franchise instalment. Sharni Vinson is the only person I recognised in the cast, aside from those returning from the second movie, but the fancy footwork and energetic soundtrack make it very much worth your time if you like the series.
Yes, there's drama with love lives and all that. Who cares? The dancing in this movie is the best in the franchise, and focusing on Moose can only help your movie be better.
This would have been an incredible drama movie if it was about a charismatic cult leader forcing young college boys to compete in illegal dance competitions and scheming is life away from a single day of honest work by enforcing his crew of disillusioned street people to stay confined into their expensive downtown loft and thus perpetrating this unhealthy circle of abuse and manipulation.
Unfortunately, it is about people dancing to confront the adversity of life and to fight for freedom and justice. Everybody is the good guy, except that one jerk doing coke and playing online poker.
Bye bye Baltimore. Hello NYC. Or as this movie would have it, green screen land. I've never seen faker looking backdrops to drop a bunch of foreground actors into. I'm guessing maybe it wasn't that noticeable when Mr Director was wearing his 3D glasses and giving the ok on it. I should probably have wore sunglasses to disguise the fakeness. Well it's not the first movie to fall into this trap and I'm sure it won't be the last. Anyway that was hardly the main issue with the movie. That just happened to be first and foremost in mind thanks to the woefully inept closing scene.
The main issues are the total soap opera it became in between the dance…
all of the dance scenes (minus the tango) are brilliant or at least poppy fun. all of the straight-dialogue scenes are shit. and not because they're cliche (that I can work with) but because they're filmed without any grace or even interest.
Some very trustworty fellow movie lovers recommended this to me and they were right. Okay, it's a stupid movie, that uses way too many lame cliches of this subgenre, but its insanity and brillantly staged dance scenes made totally up for that. I had a smile on my face for at least 2/3 or its runtime and man, I wish I would have seen this in its theatrical 3D version. I heard it looked great!
While this movie wasn't bound to get the 2010 Oscar (King's What?), it did have some kick ass dancing
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