StreetDance 3D (2010)

StreetDance 3D is the newest addition to the dance movie genre and the first to be in 3D. It was directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini and stars Nichola Burley, Richard Winsor, Charlotte Rampling and George Sampson [yes, that George Sampson].

Oh, the usual, the usual: underdog but really good dance group gets ready for tournament, obstacles get in their way, a yoda-like figure (Charlotte Rampling) forces them through ridiculous training which makes them better dancers (in this case, by combining ballet and street dance) and they go out to blow the minds of people and win the world.

Okay, the movie is not an achievement in film making. But it’s definitely one of the better dance movies. It’s got good and plenty choreographies, a good soundtrack and it pushes all the right buttons. If you like dance movies, you’re going to love it.

The cast was fine. They found some very talented dancers and they didn’t completely suck when it came to acting. Charlotte Rampling seemed to be having fun, even if she didn’t give the best performance of her life, either.

George Sampson was tragically underused, though. I mean, you got a dance talent like him and he’s a most charming teenager and then all he gets to be is comic relief… that’s just sad. But on the other hand, any excuse to watch this video again:

Still one of my favourite choreographies ever.

And I have to say that the combination of ballet and street dance/hip hop in general just totally works for me. I mean, it’s two out of three of my favourite dance types right there. [May I suggest for a sequel: StreetDance in Buenos Aires, where our crew goes to Argentina for a tournament and have to pool their resources with a local tango group to win? Then we’d totally hit my favourite dance jackpot.]

The only thing that was a little ugh was that the only interracial relationship in the whole film was the one destined to fail and that once again, in the end, the right couples all had the same skin colour… Unnecessary and very avoidable.

Summarising: If you like dance movies, it’s a total must-see. If you don’t like dance movies, skip it.

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