Step Up 3 (USA, 2010)
Directed by Jon M. Chu
Starring Adam Sevani, Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner
When the current 3D wave was getting underway, many commentators were arguing for 3D films as a 'unique cinematic experience'. 3D films, it was claimed, would save cinema because they offered audiences something that they could not experience in the comfort of their own homes. The higher ticket prices and often dodgy glasses were excused on the grounds that home entertainment systems could not compete with seeing things come out of the screen in the company of several hundred people.
Step Up, I spoke about how its sequels "increasingly sacrificed narrative for the sake of set-pieces". What began in Step Up 2: The Streets has become magnified here, to the point where it is much less a film as a series of sub-MTV music videos. It's not just the fact that the plot is weaker than the previous offerings, it's that the director seems so completely disinterested in the story and focusses all his attention on the individual set-pieces.
VW advert which remixed Singing in the Rain will get a kick out of this, and the choreography is both very modern and a throwback to an age where every prop or piece of set would feature in a routine. Chu also deserves credit for using long takes, dispelling any notion that the performances were 'sexed up' in the editing suite.
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