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StreetDance 2 [DVD]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 November 2012
After the brilliant dance scenes and passable story of Streetdance, we bought this hoping for more of the same, Unfortunately StreetDance2 is more of a plod than a dance. While the dance scenes are not bad, being latin rather than ballet there was less of a flow to this one. Ok, so if you are buying this for the dance you dont necessarily need a storyline, but something that gets you from A to B without looking at your watch would be good.
Since we bought SD1 we've watched it loads of times, this one has been watched once. It's a shame as it could have been so much more...its ok, but dont expect too much from it.
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on 16 October 2014
As I enjoy a bit of dancing I thought I might give it a go in the hope I might enjoy it. Now I knew it was probably aimed at the younger age market but didn't realize that they would have been so patronized, the story was so juvenile it ruined it for me. If the youngsters enjoy these offerings that's great, but as an adult I find there's very little in 3d films that caters purely for my age group.
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on 27 February 2014
Usual plot for a dance movie, although the dancing isn't as good as the first one. It's definitely not as good as Step Up, but then that has the added bonus of Mr Channing Tatum! The acting in this wasn't brilliant either, so was quite surprised to see an actor of Tom Conti's standing in it. That said it filled a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon.
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on 24 February 2013
Too similar to the original, concept wise, the lead man had no charisma at all and it just was rather boring, interspersed with some good dancing. But yet again the director thinks that cutting very quickly from one shot to the next during a dance adds something, whereas in reality it detracts from the dancing is frankly quite annoying.
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on 13 September 2012
The dancing is excellent and must be seen (5 stars for that). However, the story line is fairly weak, but it does have some funny bits, which helps the story along. The 3D is good and brings the dancing right out of the screen. A young persons film.
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on 25 September 2013
I was amazed at the antics that the cast managed during the whole film but having had a knee replacement some years ago now I have to wonder what these poor kids joints are going to be like in old age should they be lucky enough to live that long!
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on 1 January 2013
The film was very good, will be watching it again soon, I loved all the dance moves, sometimes doing it you could copy them aswell, if you wanted, easy to understand and enjoy.
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on 21 April 2013
Story was weak as was the acting. Dancing was ok but generally wish I hadn't bought it, if you want to watch it rent it first so you don't make the same mistake I did.
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on 14 November 2014
Thank you for my purchase I absolutely love these street dance movies you can learn a lot from watching these would recommend this to anyone who loves street dance
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