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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 less plot these movies have the more I enjoy them, same goes for dialogue ;-)
This kids are so wholesome, I felt like a badass drinking a bottle of Cider while watching this.
The "I won't dance" sequence with curly-haired Michael Cera and his gal is absolutely delightful <3
The final battle dance thing goes on for about 3 years too long. But still, all in all this is enjoyable dance fluff :-)
WHAT'S THE JAPANESE SONG PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND IN THE FAIRGROUND AT 1H15M IN? IT'S NOT LISTED ON THE SOUNDTRACK. IT'S MY NEW JAM.
Cinema of agility in its purest form. Bliss.
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.
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.
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+
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.
My predilection for stuff like this is insane.
Sharni Vinson for Supreme Earth Overlord 2016.
The mythology deepens as the series follows a fully upstepped Moose from part 2 and random sister character from part 1 to New York where the street dancing ethos has led to all out dance war between the rival factions the likes of which the city hasn't suffered since West Side Story. Unfortunately Moose is sidelined in favor of the blandest leads yet and while the production values are higher, the dancing isn't significantly more impressive except for that one guy who does a mean robot.
What I have to say about "Step Up 3" is that is a dance off movie from start to finish. The performances in this movie are okay. The directing by Jon M. Chu is fine. The screenplay is okay. But the choreography in this movie is so creative with incredible talent that "your jaw with just drop." It's that crazy good. And the score in this is outstanding. "I'm raving that "Step Up 3" is entertaining!"
Each movie from one to three perfectly distills and crystallizes the formula in a pretty exciting way. The best film of the first three by far.
I'd watch it again I don't care
The final part of my niece-mandated marathon of Step Up movies.
Is this Stockholm Syndrome? Are these movies getting better or is my mind breaking?
No, they are for sure getting better. In this installment it's the same basic plot. But this time it's the one character from the previous films that had any character, Moose, who is the loner in a new town with a past. Also the "town" is NYC, so BIGGER STAKES!!!!!
Somehow they still have a conventional looking Hollywood guy as the romantic lead (for the record both of my nieces fancied Moose). Either way the plot is relegated to the baseline and the dance sequences are spectacular. Director Jon M. Chu and his all lady writing team have honed the narrative to exploit the dancing madness. They know what their film is and isn't, and that's all that matters.
Rating Step Up 3D is very complicated for me. If you see this flick from a cinematic view - it really sucks. The movie has a thin story and it is overloaded with cheap and stereotyped lovestory moments. The dialogues are dumb and the acting couldn't be worse. This moment when the main actors were blowing bubbles in the air, was the most terrible scene I've ever seen.
But in the end that all don't matters - because the reason for watching this film surely are the dancing scenes. And damn, those dancing choreographies were staged superb. The music was fitting great and the dacing actors were hilarious (especially Adam G. Sevani and Chadd Smith).
So finally next time I will skip everything between the dancescenes - because those are the only reason which make it worth to watch the Step Up Series.
Mediocre at best.