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My new worst film of all time.
on 21 September 2014
It is hard to know where to start with this diabolic effort.
Streetdance was always going to be a difficult film to follow. Predictably the plot follows a similar formula, so where does is all go so wrong. Answer everwhere.
Firstly the sound quality is terrible. I'm not just talking about Falk Hentshel's unappealing American Accent or Tom Conti's ridiculous attempt at a spanish accent. The entire film is noticeably dubbed.
Perhaps in America, where the film was no doubt intended fo, the bad casting might go untnoticed. But few in Europe over the age of 7 are going to believe the character are from where Europe they cliaim be from.
The music is the can of mundane aggressive stuff that L.A. churns out everyday of the week. It has no class or soul to it.
Speaking of soul, it is badly missing from this film. Everything in the film is at a very high pace, which does not allow for shifts in mood or time to relax and think.
The plot lacks any tension. Normally with this kind of film, the characters you are supposed to be rooting for are underdogs who need to suceed for some important reason. That is not the case this time. The dancers chosen are all supposedly popular, happy freestylers. They have nothing much to gain or loose by winning the big competition.
Good choereography might have save the day a little, but as I have said it is all too frenetic. The producers have missed a good opportunity to show the genuine European cultural differences through dance. What was so good about the first film was that it had refreshingly British sense of humour, running through it. The film is fourth rate Americana, pretending to be European. It is both insulting and unentertaining. The producers might perhaps have taken a more honest approach. They could have had an American crew, trying to win a European competition. They would naturally have started as underdogs, and would have had a tough journey to go on trying to adapt to European cultural values.
Casting a dancer not an actor as the lead was another big mistake. Falk Henshaw looks gormless in close up most of the time and lost as to what is going on the rest of the time. Why anyone thought Tom Conti could successfully play a Spanish Dancer is beyond me.
Street Dance 2 had twice the budget of Street Dance, so you cannot blame all the poor quality on the budget. It is just purely laziness in my opinion. Either that or they signed up to an impossible timetable so they just recruited up anyone that was available and ran with the first script ideas that they had.