Street Dance 2 (3D) – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on June 23, 2012 | 2 Comment
PRODUCER – Allan Niblo, James Richardson
DIRECTOR – Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
WRITER – Jane English
CAST – Tom Conti, George Sampson, Sofia Boutella, Falk Hentschel
If Street Dance 1 had ballet, part 2 has salsa. You may wonder what happened to the soul of street dancing which is free style dance, ever-evolving and ever-without rules or boundaries. But seemingly, the film aims to bring in a fusion of styles and hence spurting the evolution a bit more. Does it work? Not really.
Street Dance 2 is the story of a motley group assembled by Ash and Eddie after Ash challenges the Invincibles, a reigning Street Dance group and loses shamefully. So both of them travel across the world to pick the best of street dancers and then zoom in on Eva, a Latino to complete their group. They have taken upon themselves to challenge the Invincibles at the Street Dancing Final Clash at Paris. After an unbelievably easy recruiting, preparations for the competitions begin where Ash, Eva and team integrate Latin American dancewith hip-hop and free-style street dancing for a signature style. They haven’t factored in the falling in love part, which predictably happens, of course to be followed by a fall-out, predictable again. But are you hooked onto know the end, predictable again? Not really.
Clearly made for dance fans, the film has no ambition or promise beyond calisthenic pleasures. It builds its drama way too lazily, without tension and tautness. Its characters are either too predictable or stereotypical or don’t exist at all, such as the crew members who we don’t get to see much of except as a figure in a group. Dialogues are staged and the entire approach seems far more amateur than we could have bargained for.
Had the dance numbers and music been given a longer leash the aesthetic (lack of) of the story could have been ignored. Unfortunately, surprisingly mediocre music is accompanied by acrobatic dancing captured with a camera that clearly is unsure how to hype for effect. The final clash between the troupe and Invincibles is captured in a manner that seems more confusing than engaging, not a good thing for a film whose end we already know.
Even though it features some seriously talented people, some even off ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, Street Dance-2 works neither for fans of film or dance. The reality show, in any of its inter-continental versions, is far more exciting.