Step Up All In

Step Up All In

Director: Trish Sie

Writers: John Swetnam, Duane Adler

Cast: Ryan Guzman, Briana Evigan, Adam G. Sevani, Misha Gabriel Hamilton, Stephen Boss, Stephen Stevo Jones, David Shreibman, Mari Koda, Christopher Scott, Luis Rosado, Chadd Smith, Facundo Lombard, Martín Lombard, Parris Goebel, Cyrus Spencer

Synopsis: All-stars from the previous Step Up installments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.

MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive material

Stevennix2001's Rating:

3.5 / 10

Pros:


- Great cinematography work

- 3-D cinematography really brings out the dance moves

- Excellent soundtrack

- Very well choreographed and creative dance moves

Cons:


- Weak script

- Poorly written characters

- Generic love story that's predictable and cliched

- Rushed character developments

- Actors don't convey emotions too well

- Cliched story

Let's dance!!!

"Step Up All In" is basically an abysmal pile of dog s*** that never should've been made. Maybe it's because I'm not part of the intended demographic for this flick, but that still doesn't excuse a horrendously cliched script, and poorly developed characters.

For those of you that read my review of "Step Up 3-D", I did praise that movie for utilizing the 3-D cinematography well to enhance the dancing. Plus, I even praised how well choreographed the dance moves were, by praising it as a unique art form in itself. I even suggested that it probably would've served better being used in a series of music videos versus using these dance moves in a movie like this. However, like "Step Up 3-D", all the dancing is nothing more than an elaborate gimmick to entice young teenagers and preteens out there into seeing the damn film; while slapping together a half a** story to set everything up.

Granted, I'm not saying that every movie needs to have an Oscar caliber script, as you can get away with a mediocre sub par script as long as you have well developed characters (i.e. "Major League 2" and "Cool Runnings"). However, the problem with this particular movie is that the majority of the characters are generic cartoon stereotypes, with little to no personality. The main protagonist is a lame cry baby that wants to win a dancing contest so badly that he almost pushes his friends away in the process, while he's dealing with a tough girl that likes him, but she won't admit it. Sheesh, don't you just love romances that start off like this in films? I mean we all know they're going to end up together in the damn movie by the end anyway, so why are they prolonging the inevitable? I mean he's a hot guy, and she's a hot girl... And, they both love dancing, so what else do they need?

Sure, some proper character development between these two would've been nice, but nope. Instead, we're treated to a cliched rushed romance, along with generic cartoonish side characters, and a lame story that seems like it was written by a damn fifteen year old kid or something.

"Step Up All In" has a lot of flashy dance moves, and I have to admit the sound track to this movie has a nice beat to it. In fact, I personally wouldn't have minded if they would've taken all the dance sequences, and made them into a series of music videos.

But as cohesive narrative, "Step Up All In" falls flat on it's face. The actors can't seem to convey emotions properly. Of course, it doesn't help that they have crappy cliche dialogue to work with though.

In fact, the only real emotion you can get from this film is watching these actors dance on the big screen. As I said in my review of "Step Up 3-D", the visuals are simply amazing. And if you're a huge fan of dancing, then you're probably going to enjoy watching some of the great dance moves these young people pull off. If only to appreciate the athleticism and creativity that goes into it.

And, the 3-D cinematography makes the dancers seem like they pop out of the screen most of the time. Therefore, if you're a dancing enthusiast, then you'll probably love this film to death; in spite of everything I just said.

However, if you're yearning for a movie that has a bit more substance to it, then you're not going to find it here. "Step Up All In" has all the flashy moves, and swagger to impress most teens and preteens out there. However, it lacks heart because underneath all the flashy creative dance moves, all you have is nothing more than a cliched written story featuring poorly developed characters that aren't that interesting.

Unless you're a die hard dance enthusiasts, then avoid this one like the plaque.

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Your Brother 2 years ago

Please, PLEASE stop watching garbage like this, even if it's for more page visits, and review quality films like 'Magic In The Moonlight,' 'Boyhood,' and even 'What If.' You're movie soul will be thankful


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

lol. Well to be fair, part of being a film critic involves reviewing bad films as well as good ones. I can't just review nothing but great movies all the time. Although I am working on my reviews for "Get On Up" and "Begin Again" that were great films, as you can expect to see those fairly soon. Plus, I was going to do something special for my next hub since it'll be my 700th one, and I can't just publish another review. It's going to be something special, but don't worry. I'll definitely take your requests seriously, as I was planning to review those anyway. Thanks for stopping by.


Your Brother 2 years ago

You should watch bad movies to truly appreciate the quality ones for sure, but put up reviews of some good ones more consistently than your current reviews; all I've seen reviewed are the same garbage summer films I've intentionally avoided, but none of films that have peaked my curiosity that aren't playing up here in this hick town, like 'Boyhood,' 'Calvary,' and 'A Most Wanted Man' to name a few. More people live in small, Podunk towns like me unfortunately and they know about the garbage films, but they don't know about Phillip Seymour Hoffman's last film or what many are considering the Best Picture frontrunner ('Boyhood'), so you need to sprinkle some of these movies in for the movie fans who don't have the accessibility to see the great, new movies as easily as you do. So no more damn Michael Bay produced, directed, etc. movies until you review the mentioned movies above for me dammit lol.


Your Brother 2 years ago

BTW, IDK what your thoughts are/were on 'Get On Up,' but I was very very very very very very disappointed in that one, while 'Begin Again' was the most enjoyable musical for me in some time.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

lol. Well sadly, I have to put some of those shitty films like the ones bay produces as a higher priority because most people don't tend to click and/or read a lot of my reviews based on smaller films half the time. However, i see what you're getting at, and I do agree there should be more of a balance. Therefore, I'll definitely see what I can do to balance things out. You have my word on that.

As far as "Get On Up" goes, I think calling it great is a bit of a strong word now that I think about it, but I liked it. I don't think it's as great as some critics are making it out to be, but I don't think it's a bad film either. However, I'll get into that more in my review of it that's coming up soon.

As for "Begin Again", I literally knew next to nothing about it going into that film, and I have to tell you that was a great movie by far. Definitely, the best summer film that I've seen so far this year. Although I know I'm in a minority saying that, as it seems like "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is everyone's favorite summer films for this year.

Hell, some people are even considering "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" a great summer flick even though it was released in freaking april. However, I'll get more into that when I review "Begin Again."

I will say this though. While I'll agree with most people that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", "X-Men: Days of Future Past", and "Guardians of the Galaxy" were great films of this year, and they definitely help redefine their own collect genre. However, "Begin Again" offers a richer and deeper story than those three ever could. It's almost kind of a shame that most people don't see more movies like "Begin Again" in theaters if you ask me.

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