Dance movies are dime a dozen. And as their track records prove, most of them are awful in every sense of the word. Then what makes ‘StreetDance 3-D’ any different to all those that have come before it? Three things – a unique mix of ballet and street dance, a distinct British flavor, and the [...]
Dance movies are dime a dozen. And as their track records prove, most of them are awful in every sense of the word. Then what makes ‘StreetDance 3-D’ any different to all those that have come before it? Three things – a unique mix of ballet and street dance, a distinct British flavor, and the novelty of 3-D. But other than that, there is nothing here that you haven’t seen before.
In London, an aspiring street dance crew is shaken when their leader Jay leaves for what he calls a ‘break’. Once they lose rehearsal space just before the street dance championship, they are helpless and almost give up hope under the new direction of the new leader Carly. But that’s when a chance encounter brings them to a ballet dance school, whose headmistress allows them unlimited use of their enormous practice halls. The catch? They would have to enroll five ballet dancers into their routine. As the deadline looms closer, the two mismatched groups try to work out a routine that will win them the championship while faced with an unexpected betrayal. The movie features Britain’s Got Talent stars George Sampson, Diversity and Flawless.
If you’re a fan of dance movies like ‘Step Up’ and ‘Stomp the Yard’, this is the ideal movie for you this weekend. The plot is extremely predictable other than one twist towards the end and it does nothing new with the tried and true formula we’ve come to know. The only distinguishing feature is the dance itself. While ‘Step Up’ and others focus on street dance in itself, ‘StreetDance’ takes it a step further and tries to add ballet into the mix. Weaving them together adds much-needed originality to the film and makes for an entertaining mix of two worlds.
Another thing that would be novel to most audiences is that this is a British film. And it’s evident throughout with the song selections, accents and locales. Once again, all this positively affects the film and adds a breath of fresh air than if we’d have seen yet another American dance group. The movie does a great job of maintaining a sense of fun and lightheartedness throughout and it makes for an energetic viewing. The dance in itself is breathtaking and one of the high points of the film, especially towards the end.
‘StreetDance’ was shot in 3-D and is Britain’s first 3-D feature, but you wouldn’t notice the lack of experience. I’ve always been skeptical of 3-D in movies that don’t need it, but ‘StreetDance’ actually employs it to good effect. I wouldn’t say great, since there were sequences where it was non-existent for the most part, but wherever it got the chance, it added a new dimension to the proceedings. Not only does stuff get thrown at the screen, but there’s a vibrance that 3-D adds to an already energetic film. If you can afford to fork out the extra bucks, then see it in 3-D. But it’s not a ‘must-see’ in 3-D.
Overall, ‘StreetDance’ is a disposable fun time at the movies for dance-lovers. It has a number of fresh elements that stand out in an otherwise predictable formula film.