Stomp the Yard [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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At its core, Stomp the Yard is a romantic drama disguised as a dance film. Or is it the other way around? DJ (Columbus Short) is a troubled teen from Los Angeles who gets a chance for a better life when he is admitted into Atlanta's privileged Truth University. Just when he thought he had escaped a life of gangs, DJ finds himself in the middle of a "war" between two upper-crust fraternities where stepping (a popular dance form) is their weapon of choice. When DJ realises the girl he falls for is the girlfriend of the school's champion stepper, he joins the rival fraternity to try show her--and himself--that he's as good as anyone else there.
Stomp the Yard is not an original film. Add some drums and you've got Drumline. Change some of the characters around and you've got Save the Last Dance. What sets the movie apart is the stepping. The precision involved at this level is impressively complicated and Short--a dancer and choreographer--is beautifully expressive both as an actor and a dancer. Sure the plot is predictable and hokey at times. But Short and Meagan Good (as his crush April) have wonderful chemistry together, and the supporting cast--including Harry J. Lennix as DJ's no-nonsense uncle--are delightful to watch. --Jae-Ha Kim--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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the cult of underground street dancing is brought to a real high by SYLVAIN WHITE in his debut feature with a fresh talented cast who are talented dancers and actors to watch in future with the best stepping ever choreographed on screen and some stunning stage visuals .
the modern american urban dance culture is caught here by a contemporary style and soul where the script virtually has it's finger right on the pulse of the black dance myths in a cauldron of cultural clash within the black community without the unnecessary indulgence of any external patrons .
COLUMBUS SHORT is the young dancer who is both charismatic yet speculative to his roots as he is forced to immigrate from los angeles to atlanta after some gritty gangland violence which reflects on the disturbing reality of gun and drug culture though this is offset by the civilised campus black fraternities of the georgian capital and the gratuitous action gives way to class demarcation as he falls for rich and black MEAGAN GOOD ,a pretty co-ed who is engaged to DARRIN HENSON who is also the captain of the 7 time national dance champion fraternity on the same campus .
the rivalry evolves from class room to bedroom to dance stage and finally bursts into the most scintillating dance competitions on screen .
the movie is not ground breaking but it is dynamic and vibrant and has a feel for the youthful new black identity that has emerged in a socio-political environment which has evolved positively in the last decade and has been primarily been accredited to SPIKE LEE for starting a revolution in the afro american cinema and this is a sparkling and truly entertaining example of that genre in it's existent glory .
the movie has chris brown in a cameo playing the young brother who is a victim of random violence characteristic of california and brian white is playing a fraternal leader as is NE-YO in his debut role and they are all led by the immensely talented COLUMBUS SHORT ,who has fully justified the title song and the terminology of stomp the yard with his brilliant moves .
the best movie on stepping with a social conscience too .
As for the dancing, we didn't get how anybody thought the dancing was impressive. Street tap dance appears to be the style and they seem to enjoy slapping their torso's in the style of gorillas to make it all seem a bit more manly. Don't expect great displays of athletics or gymnastics - just people stamping their feet quickly, that's all you get (except for the very first scene which actually has about 2 minutes of impressive and promising looking stuff in it).
There's also plenty of slow motion shots of peoples' mouths hanging opening in a chimpanzee like fashion and pulling bizarre expressions, so if you like your dancing with a hint of gurning then maybe this is the film for you after all.
If you're looking for enjoyment, watch an episode of "So you think you can dance" instead. You'll be much more impressed than you will be wasting nearly 2 hours of your life on this film.
Unfortunately, its not easy to tell if the dancing is any good as theres too much fancy camera work and shooting from different angles and slowing down the framework... Disappointing...
must get this dvd if you dance or like this type of film
This combines a very hip hop style dancing with college life and all its fraternities and sororities.
This film is based on two rival frats involved in hip hop dancing and ultimately ends in a dance off in national championships with amazing moves.
I definitely recommend this film to anyone who likes dance films, worth a watch. A real feel good movie
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