Let’s face it. No one is going to go watch Step Up Revolution for storyline. That’s like saying you watch porn for the cinematography (actually, some people might). People are going to flock to the latest installment of the Step Up franchise to see the amazing dance routines — and with this one set in Mee-ah-mee (Miami), you can expect a lot of sweaty booty poppin’ — and in 3D!
But if you are interested in the storyline it goes a little something like this: a talented contemporary dancer, Emily (Kathryn McCormick) with a hotel mogul for a father (Peter Gallagher and his eyebrows) falls for Sean, one of his street dancing hotel employees from the wrong side of the tracks (Ryan Guzman). When her daddy announces that he is going to by Sean’s middle class neighborhood, Emily teams up with him and his flash mob dancing crew to do some protest art. From there, a whole lotta eyegasmic dancing is combined with after school special-worthy acting.
But before I get into my thoughts about the movie, I want to share with you a nice conversation I had with Twitch, who you may recognize from So You Think You Can Dance. He stars in the movie as one of the flash mobbers, Jason. Also in this lively conversation was choreographer Christopher Scott, who is just damn awesome when it comes to creating routines for the contestants of So You Think You Can Dance and The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. When I interviewed the pair, they just got done chatting with some 8th graders. Apparently, they asked some awesome questions. I, true to form, was about to bring things down to my level. A 6th grade level. A more awesome lowbrow level:
Final thoughts on Step Up Revolution: I love the art of the dance and I am a fan of any and all dance movies no matter how cheeseball the story line is (FYI: I LOVED CENTER STAGE!) The main issue I have is that when they push dancers to act. That’s when things enter into the lame-o territory. Again, it’s like watching porn stars attempt to “act”. I understand the need for a storyline, but when it gets in the way that’s when I am in a constant state of eye rolling and giggling. Step Up Revolution wades in these waters, but doesn’t dive in fully — which is a good thing. There are times when you don’t want the dancers to talk and just dance, but for the most part, it satisfies like an episode of So You Think You Can Dance. The choreography is impressive, inventive, and the dancers do their thang and break it down. The group they wrangled for this movie are a talented bunch of kids who seemed to have an endless budget for H&M apparel. If you don’t walk out of the theater krumping or poppin’ that booty, you’ll at least walk out wanting to learn to krump or booty pop…and God knows all of us need a healthy krumping session or booty pop once in a while.
Step Up Revolution opens in theaters today.