Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Streetdance 2: uplifts your dancing spirit

                I like watching dance films like Save the Last DanceStep Up, Shall We DanceDirty DancingFlashdanceCenterstage and others. Most of the time, they have same pattern of story or something that you know already what you are expecting in the end. And so apart from giving cool and superb dances, the challenge for the filmmakers of this kind of flick is to come out with the story and characters that sustain interest up to the very last scene.  I can say that there are films that are totally unworthy to watch if you’re after the sense of the story, while there are some that have moral values and blunt dances.


Like the first sequel, I don’t know any actors and yet still admire the people behind Streetdance 2 because they know how to sandwiched good story and powerful dance numbers. I’m actually thinking now if I have to watch Step Up 4: the Revolution.

                What I like about Streetdance is it inspires hip hop dancers to try other dances as well. Mix contemporary with something like classical or cultural. In Streetdance 1 they tried ballet then in their latest outing its Latin dancing. Of course, these things were not originals. The two Save the Last Dance movies already did ballet and hip-hop and Take The Lead showed how Hip Hop and Latin dances jumbled. However, in Streetdance it’s how the way they mix dances and how they gracefully perform those numbers. It’s not grand but possible and you appreciate the dancers. You must watch how they create the choreography and how their dancers do it. 
                I watched Streetdance 2 in 3D and it’s good but not outstanding. I think I can still enjoy it in 2D because the muscle of the movie is the dancers most especially the salsa dancer Sofia Boutella. She’s really awesome! I also like the Tino (Kaito Masai), Yoyo (Delphine Nguyen), the uncle of Eva (Mon Conti), and the manager (George Sampson).
kaito masai's solo dance

                In fact, I don’t mind the popcorn problem of Ash (Falk Hentschel) what I followed was how they did come up with the hiphop group with the touch of Latin dance.  For me, the character of Ash is selfish from his motive to the way he  treating his crew. He can easily drop the whole idea of their dance group just because his coward. He’s just lucky to have talented crew and impressive dance partner.

Sofia Boutella
                If I’m not mistaken, there’s a line that Eva said when she was teaching Ash about Salsa – “Dance with your Heart.” Initially, when we like something for example dancing, we do it for fun. Then we learn nice things that make it better. When people appreciate our work, of course we are very happy.  However, be careful because you may unintentionally change your focus in the process.  You become the person who satisfies the others – not yourself. It’s cool that you receive praise because we all love that. But if you, think you are not enjoying anymore what you do for the sake others, that’s fatal.


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