Step Up 3-D
You Got Served!
In this new genre of dance flicks, it seems that the rise of 3-D cinematography hasn't escaped even this genre of film. Does it work? Yes and no. On the one hand, the music combined with the dance visuals, enhanced by the 3-D cinematography do escalate the dance moves into an even further and deeper expression of an art form. Featuring quite possibly the best 3-D that I've ever see in any movie so far this year. In fact, it almost fits into the style of the film perfectly as one character puts it, "dance is way for us to express ourselves." If that reigns true, people do say that music is the key to a person's soul then surely, dancing is the key to expressing it.
Which brings me to the soundtrack and dance choreography of this film. The dance choreography was very well executed and took full advantage of the 3-D effect quite beautifully, as there are some scenes where the actors seem to literally pop out of the screen at you. As for the music, it not only matched the tone and feel of the movie perfectly, it also managed to capture the heart of every single scene of this film. Creating and invoking a strong artistic flair like none other ever seen on the big screen before. Sadly, that's where all the positives end here.
If this had been made into a series of music videos, then I might have liked "Step Up 3-D" a whole lot better, as the story really isn't that great. If anything, the story is tragically drenched in cliches, and generically seems to rip off the last two films. Even skipping and rushing through various character developments that could have enhanced the story to go along with the visuals, as the film left way too many plot holes. As it seems, a highly skilled dancer named Julien (Joe Slaughter), who leads a talented group of dancers called "the ninjas." Happens to have a bit of a score to settle with our heroes "the pirates." Even though Julien claims he was kicked out of "the pirates" because their team leader was jealous, it seems he was really kicked out for throwing dance matches to settle old gambling debts. Which makes me question exactly how he got so rich and powerful to financially threaten "the pirates" to begin with, as they were having foreclosure problems with the bank. Needless to say, little details like this never get explained, as it pretty much just expects you to accept that this is essentially what the story is.
Plus, although the 3-D effect does enhance the visual artistic flair of the movie itself, it does absolutely nothing to enhance the overall story.
If that wasn't bad enough, the character development and story also come off like a bad teen soap opera if anything. With the lame acting skills of the actors, cast in the leads, to match.
I wouldn't go as far as to say "Step Up 3-D" is a bad film by any means. As I said before, I did enjoy the artistic side of the film, as the music and dance choreography blended beautifully together. Fully utilizing the use of the 3-D effect to enhance the already artistic style of the dance moves. Unfortunately, the story and acting just couldn't match up to it though. Overall, I'd probably have to give this film like a two out of four, at best. It's a great film if your into the art of dancing and music but if you want more than that in a movie, then I'd pass on this one altogether if I were you.