The street crew called Invincible is a two time winner at the street dance festival, The Clash. When Ash gets humiliated at a dance battle, he teams up with Eddie to get together the greatest dancers in Europe to beat Invincible. With a new fusion in mind, the crew mixes Latin American dances with hip hop, in the hopes to beat the rival team, however soon Ash’s humiliation gets the better of him and he let’s his dance partner, Ava, down. The Clash’s finals are still coming up though, but will they be able to overcome their petty differences for the sake of beating Invincible? Only time will tell…
StreetDance 2 (3D) was a film that I got to watch last night at a special press screening, and being a fan of dance films, I didn’t have much hope for it. I mean, the Step Up franchise has already run its course, and other great street dance films like You Got Served and Stomp the Yard has already paved the way… what could StreetDance 2 possibly have to set it apart from the other ones? Suffice to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I watched the film though.
When one wants to watch a dance film, the first thing people expect is to see dancing in the film, right? So many times this is not the case and the viewer has more drama to sift through as a plot is being played out than to actually watch routines. Not when it came to this film though. Yes, we do have a plot, one that’s about love and passion and the ability to overcome humiliation, but it was a breath of fresh air to actually watch a dance movie that revolved around dancing and the various forms of dancing! StreetDance 2 (3D) had brilliant choreography as well, so not only do we have a dance flick with dancing in it, but we have really good dancing. Various styles of hip-hop, Latin American and some break-dancing comes into play and it’s surprisingly sexy when these styles are infused with one another. So the long story short is that it holds its own and I would love to add it to the rest of my dance film collection.
When it comes to the 3D part of it all though, I’ll be honest that it lacked a bit of conviction in that particular department. Sure, the popcorn scene was fun and sometimes when one of the dancers did a high kick it was kind of awesome (I’m difficult to convince when it comes to 3D), but it would have been just as good to watch in 2D. So, instead of wasting your money on the 3D version, I’d suggest buy yourself a large slushie rather.
That being said, it’s a must-see if you’re into dance films. StreetDance 2 was incredibly entertaining and the choreography was amazing. The acting wasn’t too shabby either, and although the plot was a bit thin, we’re not here to watch dance films because of the storyline, right? We want to see some battles! StreetDance 2 gives us just that and a little extra.
South African audiences can rest assured that StreetDance 2 (3D) won’t take too long to hit the screens. Coming this Friday (19 October 2012) to all major cinemas, I’ll advise that you need to get your tickets as soon as you can. Check out the clip below to see why.