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"Bolton! Danforth! Get on that Stage!"
on 19 February 2009
It's spring, and the Wildcats are facing the last few weeks of their high school career. Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu) are leading East High's basketball team in another championship game. But their final minutes of playing basketball are only the first of the many finals they will face.
And as our characters face saying goodbye, they have to start dealing with the future. Troy and Chad have been accepted at the local university to play ball. But Troy isn't sure he wants to. His girlfriend Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) is going to Stanford. In fact, she is considering their early admission program, which would mean she would have to leave early.
But it's a chance to do one last show together that truly brings everyone together. While they prepare a show about their hopes for the future and the pain of saying goodbye, the group finds out that scouts from Julliard are going to be there to consider composer Kelsi (Olesya Rulin), choreographer Ryan Evans (Lucas Grabeel), star Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale), or Troy for one spot and a scholarship. Who will get it? Does Troy want it? And how will he and Gabriella ever say goodbye?
Now if you are looking for a realistic movie, turn back now. This is a G rated Disney musical, for pete's sake. But it is still fun.
This movie focused a bit too much on the songs. The plot was a little too loose and predictable, making it just an excuse to string some songs together. The good news is, those songs are fun, with several hummable, toe tapping numbers. And the choreography was amazing. Several of the songs involved multiple locations and costume changes. This is a big screen musical for movie musical lovers. I especially loved the number in the junkyard.
Frankly, I wish this movie were about 20 minutes longer. They could have used the time to give us more with the supporting players. Heck, cutting out one of Troy and Gabriella's three love duets would have allowed for that, too. I really have loved the entire cast of these things.
Speaking of casts, three sophomores are introduced here to lead the next installment in the franchise. Honestly, I didn't care for any of them. Hopefully, when they become leads they will be better developed as characters.
While the entire series has had a helping of cheese, this one did feel a bit more over the top when it came to the graduation scene. Surely, they could have found some other way to handle that one.
But if all this sounds like I didn't like the movie, think again. I found it somewhere between the first and second in the series. I was smiling the entire time. There are a couple in jokes, so do watch these movies in order to catch them.
This was designed to be the last we'll see of the original cast (until the inevitable High School Reunion Musical in 10 years). Honestly, that makes me sad. This send off will certainly please the franchises many fans.