Street Dance 2: Movie Review

Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini

Cast: Sofia Boutella, George Sampson , Tom Conti

Synopsis: To beat the world`s best dance crew, street dancer Ash (Falk Hentshel), with his new friend Eddie (George Sampson), set off to gather the best street dancers from around Europe. During his search, Ash falls in love with Eva (Sofia Boutella), a beautiful Salsa dancer in Paris. With landmark locations, the most spectacular dance fusion of Latin and Street ever seen, the sequel to global smash hit “StreetDance 2“ is bigger, better, bolder and back 3D! 

Quick Review: Gravity defying Hip-hop dance moves mixed with the spicy Latin flavors of Salsa and Tango. Dance lovers will definitely enjoy the pumping beats. But for the ones with two left feet who will look for a story, some drama, some twists or anything interesting at all will be disappointed. The movie can be explained in one sentence, it practically has no story. I’m afraid, for some folk, it might end up being nothing more than a really good demo dance video.   

Full Review: The trouble with movies based on dance is that they all serve up the same age old plot – the usual underdog story with a dance-off in the end. Which means if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. Of course, it’s a different story if you’re a dancer who hopes to take some lessons or simply gets an adrenalin rush with all the high energy steps and foot thumping moves. Here things may differ because each movie will have different styles of you get to see a variety. Street Dance 2 definitely excels with its choreography and quality of dance pieces. A new fusion between Street, Hip hop, Popping and Locking combined with Salsa and Tango – now that’s refreshingly new and a pleasure to watch.

I only wish the plot wasn’t so linear. Like a heart beat gone dead it moved at a flat dead pace, with no twists, no turns, no ups and no downs. So non committal was the plot it almost felt like a sauce along with a dish that the audience can choose to ignore. In the land of the Brits, an American street dancer called Ash (Falk Hentshel) suffers defeat and embarrassment at the hands of an invincible street dancing crew (by name and by nature). He meets a chirpy little British fellow Eddie (George Sampson) who offers to be his manager and helps him travel the corners of Europe to put together a perfect crew of talented dancers to compete in the ultimate street dancing competition in Paris. Their trump card however is to spice the usual Street dance tricks with a hot mix of Salsa moves. This is when the sexy Latin dancer Eva (Sofia Boutella) comes into the picture. This hot new mix is what makes the film worth its money, dance wise. After this point the movie takes on the typical underdog route until the finals of the dance-off in Paris (go figure). 

Dance lovers listen up, go watch it for the spectacular display of Street and Salsa pieces (one better than the other). Those looking for a good weekend watch, pick something else.

Verdict: Strictly for dancers. 

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