With mindblowing prequels and millions of fans, Step Up 3 had a lot of expectations. The storyline is weak and predictable, but its not difficult get past it as the enormous talent explodes onto the screen, literally!
Adorable Moose (Adam G. Sevani) returns in this movie. Mature and responsible, taking a course in engineering at NYU, and ready to face ‘the real world’ with his best friend Camille (Alyson Stoner). This doesn’t last more than the first day where he unwittingly gets into a dance off with a ‘Samurai’ and gets spotted by the head of ‘The Pirates’. Two rival teams competing in the World Jam Dance Competition.
He gets on board with ‘The Pirates’ – an interesting bunch of characters, each with a distinct dance style. With their skills masterfully combined in choreography to their full potential, they boggle your mind. It’s incredible, how the dancers can be fluid like elastic or stiff as a robot.
During the course of training Moose struggles to cope wit college and dance, the troupe has to fight for their ‘home’, a romance blossoms and a betrayal follows. The cliched dialogues dont do much to help the storyline. While the use of 3D is impressive- it distracts from the screen shattering sequences. It’s obvious that the story is secondary and dance rules the deck.
A water sequence, when Moose redeems himself with the team, after missing out on the competition partially and a Broadway sequence down the streets of the Big Apple as Moose tries to win Camille back after a misunderstanding. Just like old Hollywood musicals, this is truly heart lifting.
Not once does Adam falter in his dance or his acting. He establishes a quirky, lovable and grounded character with his unique expressions as he displays a spectrum of emotions.
Go only for the dance, forget the rest.
Contributed by Raashi Malhotra