Step Up 3
August 24, 2010
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Director: Jon Chu
Writer: Amy Andelson/Emily Meyer/Duane Adler
Producers: Patrick Wachsberger/Erik Feig/Adam Shankman/Jennifer Gibgot
Starring: Rick Malambri/Adam Sevani/Sharni Vinson/Alyson Stoner
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 107 minutes
Dancing our way into the cinemas, we have another Step Up movie, making the Step Up series a trilogy and the first Step Up movie to be shot in 3D (but this review is for the 2D version). So basically if you’ve seen the previous movies, you’ll know what the score is and it’s pretty much the same as its predecessors. So in Step Up 3, we see characters from the first two Step Up movies return as Moose joins a group of talented street dancers known as The House of Pirates. They find themselves pitted against the world’s best break-dancers, including their rivals The House of Samurai, in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever. As I have mentioned, it’s basically the same as the others, however, Step Up 3 actually steps up to the mark as the slick dance choreography and the story is much more improved and definitely makes this entry into the series the best one. The problem is the acting, most of the cast are professional dancers and not actors and it shows when you’re watching them but taking in consideration that fact, they’ve done a pretty good job portraying their characters.
Step Up 3 may have some brilliant dancers but the characters add nothing to the movie as there’s no chemistry between them and you didn’t care about what happened to them at all. The character development isn’t there at all as they stay one-dimensional throughout the movie. Step Up 3 also has problems with the dialogue as it’s quite bad, the writing is mediocre as it’s pretty much goes over the same ground the first and second Step Up did. You could guess what happened in the end within five minutes of the movie starting but in saying that, with Step Up 3, you’re likely going to be watching it more for the dancing which will not disappoint. Also, if you’re a fan of hip-hop or R’n’B music, the soundtrack in the movie has some cool tracks which are enjoyable and are used very well in the movie.
While Step Up 3 may just be like the others, it shines through its fantastic choreography and it’s slick movement. When the dancers were on screen, the movie became interesting and entertaining but when the dancing stopped, you wanted the dancing to start again as soon as possible. If you’re going to see Step Up 3, don’t expect it to be the best dance movie ever but I can safely say that it’s the best out of the three. While the acting, the writing and the dialogue may not be on its side, the fantastic choreography makes this movie a triumph of dance movies and makes it’s mark in the genre. It’s also a good dance movie because it knows what it is and it doesn’t try to be anything else. If you love hip-hop dancing or watching people dance, this is a must-watch.