Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Step Up 2 The Streets |
Actors: Robert Hoffman, Briana Evigan, Cassie Ventura, Adam G. Sevani, Danielle Polanco
Director: Jon Chu
Genres: Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Step Up 2: The Streets is the hottest dance movie of the year! With awesome high-energy dancing, heated drama and pulse-pounding music, it's guaranteed to blow your mind! When rebellious street dancer Andie teams up with a... more »
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Riot | NY | 03/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The fellow below me is, in all aspects, correct. If what you look for in a dance movie is to be highly distracted by a shabby plot. Me, I loved Step Up 2 for this very reason...
Most dance movies aim too high: they want killer dance scenes -with- an excellent plot. What do most wind up with? Trite, familiar plots they still try to execute even though we've seen them before (so we know well enough to follow along) while still delivering a sliver or two of dance sequences... but nowhere near the amount the usual viewer wants to see.
Now, Step Up 2 says a big "yeah right" to that entire idea.
There is next to NO plot. Yeah, it's there, barely. Enough to pretend that it's not one long music video. But, it really IS like one long music video--and that's wicked awesome. The dance scenes are long and intricate, the music is great, and it delivers on everything I want to see in a dance movie: less talking and more dancing.
So if you're into these sorts of movies for the chick flick value, it might be a skip or a rent. But if you're into it for, well, the dancing--I give it 5 stars."
Melissa A. Schneider | USA | 07/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Everything about this film FAR exceeds the first in the series. First of all, the actors are way more talented, in both their dancing and acting skills. Where Channig Tatum was practically robotic in the original, Rob Hoffman is charming and funny. Brianna also adds a good element, because where Nora was the goody two shoes, Brianna's more tough, and fights for what she wants. And the dance sequences will absolutely blow you away. Rather than looking overly rehearsed, the moves come across as smooth and amazing. The plot as a whole seems to be less cliche-y as well.
I think that this is a movie that anyone can enjoy, but it seems that people are split on which is better. Some think the first is better, while others prefer this newer, more hip version. Either way, this movie is DEFINITELY worth checking out!"
S. Carney | Atlanta, GA USA | 06/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was definitely better than the first one. The dancing, acting, and plot line were all much more interesting and convincing. I liked how they tied it into the first film while introducing a completely new cast. I saw this movie three times in the theater and cannot wait for it to come out on DVD!"
A Very, Very, Very Lame Copycat of Previous Dance Flicks
nina | 07/23/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This movie did not present ANYTHING new. It is as cliche'd as a film could get. The only thing different was that this time the poor chick was a white girl instead of a black or hispanic. I guess that was thrown in to score points but it didn't matter.
There are many reasons to skip this film. First reason is that there are a gazillion other movies out there JUST like it. Second reason is that many of those other films are much better than this in terms of acting and the dancing. Third reason is that this movie was just too cliche' to be interesting.
Supposedly Andie comes from "the streets" but she is no more street than John McCain! She's an unattractive tomboy who is trying too hard to be tough and the actress doesn't fit the role. She looks ten years older than the age of her character and so does the blond guy who is the supporting star. They both look at least early 30's trying to pass for teens. Their romance was unbelievable because they didn't have any chemistry at all. This movie would have been better if it centered around Andie's old crew that was "really" from the streets. They kept this film alive through all the boring and draggy spots.
The main characters are wooden and they cannot act. They are obviously professional dancers and not actors. The dance moves are cute (at times) but nothing new. If you're gonna do another dance movie, the moves should be different than anything that's been done before. This film copied all of their dance moves from films like "Stomp The Yard". NOTHING was new! The only difference was that Stomp The Yard was much better and the dancing was fierce.
I don't know why Step Up 2 was made but this is definitely a sequel that shouldn't have been. This is a ridiculous movie. I admit it's entertaining on a low level if you're not expecting much or if you haven't seen a dance flick before. If you haven't then you might think these moves were new but they weren't. There was nothing original about the dancing, actors or the plot. I've never seen so many cliche's in ONE movie.
This movie was also unrealistic. The worst part was the street dance competition in the end. There would be no way that these clean cut wannabes would have even been allowed to go into an inner city club or participate in an innercity dance contest! They would have been beaten up if anything. That was too fake for words. The film didn't properly address the racial tensions and how serious street dancers are with their turf. Everyone is not welcomed and not just anyone can participate. If this film was gonna truly show how things are with the dance groups of the real streets, then they should have done some research. In real life they would have eaten those white kids up for lunch. I understand that the message of the film was to "bring people together in the streets through dance" and that's great but they should have tackled the rougher issues in the film to truly show the importance of that message. The characters should have been confronted with real hardships and struggles and they weren't.
Please skip this one if you are spending money. Watch it on Starz for free like I did. The economy is too bad to waste money on a movie like this that you can predict from the time it starts to the time it ends. If you want to watch a GREAT dance film that will blow you away with some good acting and some folks from the real streets, then check out, "Stomp The Yard". Now that's how dancing is REALLY done in the streets!"