For some dancers, if not all, Step Up 3D was something to look forward to this summer. If it’s anything like the first two, yeah, it’ll probably have the cheesy predictable plot, but that’s not what’s important. The importance of this movie is the DANCING! If you were to cut out the story, and just have dance after dance, I would still pay to see it in the movie theaters. Maybe I’m crazy, but it’s true. So, with that being said, I am sorry to say that Director Jon Chu had better have some show stoppers planned for this movie because the British have beaten him to the punch.
STREET DANCE 3D!!! This is the first 3D movie for the British, and it’s looking like it could do really well. Some of the buzz around this movie is that the star Nichola Burley, who seems to be a big deal in Europe as in A-Lister, does a bang up job. Which is where the movies may differ. In the Step Up films, the acting is mediocre at it’s worst and just a step up from that at it’s best. Is it due in part to experience? Possibly. But Directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini want to give a solid showing all around apparently. Although as far as her acting goes, I am not entirely impressed, but I’ll wait until I see the whole movie to say for sure. While hearing all of this chatter, I am wondering why, then, there really isn’t more of a focus on Ms. Burley’s dancing in the trailer? Maybe they want to get people curious. However if, like me, you have never heard of the lead, then wouldn’t you want to show that this person can pull off these dances by giving just a little more. I concede that she is lightly sprinkled throughout, but those moves aren’t ones that show technique. Just link a few more of those movements together and it could be much more intriguing, I think. Luckily, you get a small taste of it at the end which shows not only her but the rest of the group hitting those movements strong and clean. It looks incredibly promising.
I also love the “twist” on the story with the girl being the street rat and the boy being the ballet dancer. It’s just nice to see that change of pace. Although, the story looks like one that we’ve seen time and time again. But like I said earlier, who cares? It’s about the DANCING!!!!!
May the best movie win!
Here’s the trailer.