Tonight was a night FULL of amazing dance as I was able to check out the preview screening of the upcoming third installment in the Step Up franchise; Step Up 3D. Our boy Jonny was on hand prior to the show starting to announce a few of the sponsors of the evening and give away a few prizes including the Step Up 3D soundtrack. Now before I go ranting about the movie (believe me it will be a rant) I want to give a shout out to the soundtrack peeps. Nice work! Alicia Keys and Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind made the cut as did the new Flo-rida ft. David Guetta jam, Club Can’t Handle Me.
I LOVE this song, and ran home post-flick to download it. Check it out:
So on to the review. As mentioned, this film was the third installment of the Step Up franchise, directed by Jon Chu and was written by Amy Andelson and Emily Meyer. The storyline took a unique twist this time around and decided to follow a male character through his journey from the previous Step Up 2 the Streets plot; Moose, played by Adam G. Sevani. Accompanying him in this all-star dance troop were Homorazzi’s previous hottie of the week (thanks to Donovan), Rick Malambri and rising starlette, Sharni Vinson. Equally important was the numerous So You Think You Can Dance alumni that managed epic big screen break-out performances, including; Stephen ‘Twitch’[ Boss (currently an all-star on season seven of SYTYCD); Jonathan ‘Legacy’ Perez and season four winner, Joshua Allen.
No offense meant to the writers but the plot line wasn’t the deepest if we’re comparing tangled love stories with heart-wrenching stories. The jist; Luke (Malambri) catches sight of a girl in a club and falls for her look and dance style. Insert Natalie (Vinson) who plays up the attention and decides to take Luke up on his offer of a place to stay while she’s down on her luck. Swap story lines for a second as Moose starts his freshman year a NYU alongside best friend Camille (played by Alyson Stoner), apparently having given up dance to focus on his future in Engineering. An accidental battle happens on the first day of class with Moose stepping up against a dance troop hated by pretty much everyone in NY (or so it seems), The Samurai.
Luke insists that Moose has to join his rival troop, The Pirates, as this will give them an even better shot at beating them in the Ultimate Jam Competition (I believe that is what it’s called). Insert random group practices, girl falls for boy, boy opens his heart to girl, girl ends up throwing a twist in the plot and the entire competition is in jeopardy. OH COME ON, you had to see that coming. I could have penned this story!
In an effort to not ruin the end of the story for you (although it isn’t too hard to figure out) I will recommend checking this movie out in theatres. There are a few moments of dancing brilliance and scenes of the New York City skyline that are absolutely breathtaking with the 3D effects. Also, there is a wall made of old-school boom boxes that literally blew my mind and got me instantly thinking about how I could construct one for myself. BFAB. Born from a boombox. Watch the movie, and you’ll understand what I mean.
I have to sadly give this movie two-point-five stars out of five. Although the characters are hot (and there are plenty of shirtless and steamy scenes) they plot line just doesn’t add up to the Channing Tatum original, Step Up.
For some reason I couldn’t find the movie’s website (weird, I know right), so I came across this foreign website, MySpace, and they had a lot of information about the movie if you want to know more: http://www.myspace.com/stepupmovie
MOVIE RATING: 2.5 out 5 stars.