Jun 05, 2012|
The only thing more surprising than the fact Street Dance got a sequel is that the sequel is somehow worse than the first. Sure, you don’t see a dance movie for mind-blowing twists and profound messages, but even so, the cheese-to-the-max plot still insults your IQ with every passing minute. Long story short: after embarrassing himself in London in front of champion troupe Invincible, American street-dancer Ash (Falk Hentschel) enlists the help of wannabe talent agent Eddie (George Sampson) to form his own crew, in the hope of taking revenge at an upcoming meet in Paris.
Music video-makers Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini are again at the helm. And if the first Street Dance was basically an extended music clip, the second is one tastelessly chopped into 12 segments with soap-opera and commercial-themed interludes. You see, the original had a screenwriter. Seriously, her name is Jane English. For the sequel, she kindly created the characters, but—if the credits are to be believed—there wasn’t anyone who actually wrote the script! Case in point: Sexy salsa dancer Eva (Sofia Boutella) enters the picture at the 15-minute mark and starts a draggy flirtation with protagonist Ash. Their love is tested by a major quarrel, but after each does a brooding dance solo in a moodily-lit room, all is groovy. Duh.
Then there’s the cast. We’ll never know how they afford it, but Ash and Eddie gather the finest freestylers in Europe by embarking on a continent-wide search. Their recruits are all great dancers, but not one can talk or move like a normal human being off the dance floor. And that’s despite the presence of Tom Conti, award-winning, Oscar-nominated Scottish veteran from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and Reuben, Reuben, playing a weird French geezer who hangs out with the kids. Apparently, one’s reputation doesn’t pay the mortgage these days.
Watching these kids dance is mildly entertaining, even if you’re not a fan of street dancing, but the actual movie parts are so bad, they make you hate yourself for liking the dance sequences. Yes, it’s really that bad.