Nothing to sing and dance about

Jun 22, 2012, 15:37 IST | Mihir Fadnavis

The film is basically a video game parlour's dance machine in auto mode

StreetDance 2 has ineptness that’s hard to ignore, but easy to laugh at. This clumsily acted and shot urban dance 3D movie pretends to take itself seriously with various plot points instead of simply showcasing star Sofia Boutella in action.

Street Dance 2, movie review

The story is right out of the 80’s – a sort of a sequel to the 2010 movie, the film stars Falk Hentschel as streetdancer Ash who after being beaten in a dance contest embarks on a mission to form the ultimate badass dance troupe to beat the villainous current champions at the next competition. Along with his buddy Eddie (George Sampson) Ash finds in Europe the streetdancers he wants, the eloquently named Lil Steph, Deydey, Betty Style, Lilou and Kite. He also spots Eva (Sofia Boutella), a Salsa dancer who might be the big ticket to win the contest.

Of course, nothing can disguise the fact that StreetDance 2 is basically a video game parlour’s dance machine in auto mode. The funny thing is that directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini never acknowledge the mechanical nature of the plot, instead they hilariously choose to do the salsa with its clichés and ham actors all the way to the big glitzy grand finale dance, as if nobody will notice as long as Boutella wears skimpy clothes and the music is continually blaring.

The dance sequences are passable only because Boutella and the others are in their element, and they are shot like a Vanilla Ice music video, in 3D. And thanks to the third dimension and editing you won’t grasp a single dance session, just limbs jutting up your nose. Worse, the final showdown is disappointing because it looks exactly like all the other dances in the film.

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