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StreetDance 2 3D - Film Review

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by Gordon D'Mello (subscribe)
Freelance writer based in Sydney's heart, event enthusiast and founder/editor of growing sports syndicate 'Injury Time'
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Vertigo Films UK

Sharp, sexy and smooth dancing, Lady Gaga and Little John look-a-likes, mixed in with some poor acting and a relatively weak plot results in another clichéd dance flick.

StreetDance 2 is the sequel to StreetDance (riveting I know) and follows young American dancer Ash (Falk Hentschel), who aims to get revenge over a rival dance crew (Flawless) who humiliate him in public. Ash sets off to collect the perfect dance crew of his own with sidekick Eddie (George Sampson). The boys hope that their inclusion of Ava (Sofia Boutella), a sensual Latin dancer, will provide them with an original street-Latin fusion mash-up that will result in success.

I'll be honest, when I stepped into the Sony Theatrette for the premiere screening of StreetDance 2, I was excited by the dance scenes that awaited me and not much else.

These dance films, which seem to be steadily increasing in volume, have a trend – amazing dancing, but poor acting.

Unfortunately this film doesn't do much to change the sceptics' view.

However, I believe you have to remember the context of such films before watching it.

Just like you might watch Transformers for the action, The Vow for the romance, you watch StreetDance for the dancing – and boy is it good.

The new burst of Latin has your toes tapping constantly and I'll admit, when I was on the train home that night, the first thing I did was troll my iPod for anything that had a samba piano hook or an enticing Santana-esque acoustic guitar melody.

It's hard to believe that lead Latin star, Sofia Boutella had not had a lesson in actual Latin dance before the film, because there is no doubt she is the star of the show.

Her curvaceous frame and silky skills makes you wonder why this is the first time you've heard of her.

The blend between street and Latin works for the most part, despite some awkward choreography at times. But there can be no doubt that your $15 alone is worth watching these amazing dancers in action.

Add to that a funky soundtrack of hip-hop, electro and Latin. It's almost like the music is another character within itself. I'd heavily recommend getting a copy of the official soundtrack which is expected to be released on April 20th in Australia.

The 3D aspect is nothing to special. Despite some fun moments here and there, it might be wiser to just catch a regular showing and buy yourself some popcorn with the change.

There is definitely a market for these dance films, but they just need to have some proper creative influence outside the dance floor to appeal to everyone.

I eagerly await the day a production company manages to find good dancers who can actually act and a scriptwriter who actually spends more than one day at work.

A fun viewing all round, nothing more than you expect though which is a shame.

Rating: 6/10

See it if: You're keen for about 70 minutes of dance!

Don't see it if: You hate poor acting.
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