Keeva Stratton, Quip Creative
Directed by: Max Giswa and Dania Pasquini
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Nichola Burley, Rachel McDowall
Take a group of streetdancers, a traditional ballet school, and the need to settle the score with an old friend turned rival, and you’ve got a film that is as aesthetically acrobatic as it is fun. StreetDance 3D comes hot on the heels of small screen successes such as So You Think You Can Dance and offers its viewers a real taste of a punchy, hip and vibrant youth culture spawned from this slightly offbeat dance genre.
When the leader of a Streetdance crew absconds weeks out from the national finals, the crew are forced to find a new rehearsal space, support, and new crew members, from the most unlikely of means. The new leader of the crew Carly (Nichola Burley) must not only win the others’ respect, but has to deal with a breakdown in her relationship with Jay (Ukweli Roach), who has left the crew to join their main rival.
When propositioned by the head of a prestigious ballet school seeking to inject life and enthusiasm into her tired dancers, Carly is faced with perhaps her greatest challenge yet – teaching ballet dances and street dancers to work together.
This is a visually striking dance extravaganza which offers familiar pleasures. The story is not particularly original, depending largely on the clashing of worlds to create plot obstacles and providing a predictable if satisfying resolution. The wealthy, prim and proper ballet dancers are forced to loosen their screws when paired with the rough and ready street dance crew who agree (are forced, really) to work with them in exchange for use of their rehearsal space. They resist each other initially, but by the film’s resolution, the dancers have come to know and find friendship (if not a bit more) in each others’ company.
There’s always a lot to love about a film whose credits include ‘Trendy Guy in Park’; and this is a film that will no doubt be loved by those caught in the dance craze haze. While I am not entirely convinced by the 3D experience, some plots do seem better suited, and this is one of them. With 90% of the action set to a beat, the added dimension serves only to enhance the ‘stage side’ experience. The romantic subplots will also have appeal, and seem inevitable amidst the sea of perfectly toned six-packs and manicured midriffs.
StreetDance 3D is much like the name suggests, but thankfully here is a film that engages in the clichés without being overindulgent – proving that you can depict a little street culture without being bad (in the Michael Jackson sense at least). A good, fun film that will no doubt leave you upbeat, and one to check out with your friends.
Category: Film & TV