Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Step Up 3D - "Almost" Thoroughly Entertaining Dance Flick

They must have invested so much on physically strenuous rehearsals that their brains got displaced on the way to filming these dance films! Dance flicks have actually given up on giving their audience original stories. If you're in it expecting a narrative you aren't familiar with, go pack your bags and head to Burundi!

Having said that, we expected nothing from its story. We were in it for its dance sequences! And we weren't disappointed! Otherwise, we'd have to refer to the recently shown "StreetDance 3D" which had a similar theme (a dance posse without a rehearsal studio - and the fast-approaching championship is hovering down their rickety necks!). Rick Malambri as Luke leads the pack of street dancers. With a little inspiration provided by Natalie (Sharni Vinson), the crew ("The House of Pirates") is taking on their fiercest competition. Until they learn of their dig's foreclosure! What becomes of the team?

The moves are just spectacular, the execution of each sequence fluid, you couldn't help but gasp with awe. The scene where a pipe (miraculously) bursts in the middle of the dance floor was nothing short of breath-taking - and frolicky fun! This is a razzle dazzle of terpsichorean extravaganza! But wait, one of my favorite little moments was when Moose and Natalie (Adam G. Sevani and Alyson Stoner) does a cute Broadway'ish "I Won't Dance" on the streets of New York! That was pure delight!

If you love your musicals and dance flicks, you would be tickled pink to find Glee's Harry Shum, Jr. and "So You Think You Can Dance's" Legacy (Jonathan Perez) on several dance sequences!

As for Rick Malambri, this model-turned-dancer-turned-actor is simply a delicious sight to behold! With his towering height, I never thought very tall guys could move so gracefully "like a swan" with nary a hint of femininity! He just makes me blush!

P.S. Rick was also in "So You Think You Can Dance" (2010), although he was cut early! It just shows that entering the final 10 (like Legacy did) doesn't necessarily guarantee a lead part in a major movie! Getting eliminated early on might! Ask Mr. Malambri!

Rick Malambri and Sharni Vinson

Malambri literally stands out from the crowd! Those long sexy legs could dance up a storm even beside B-Boy legend Legacy (Jonathan Perez, of "So You Think You Can Dance").

Rick Malambri strikes a poster boy pose as a model!

Rick Malambri

Harry Shum Jr.'s world is full of glee!

Harry Shum Jr. plays Cable, a johnny-come-lately character in Step Up 3D, which is really a non-character, but at least we get to see him dance!

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