Step Up Revolution: A Step Forward and a Half Step Back

Again, here’s another review I did for the film Step Up Revolution. I would’ve watched it anyway even if it wasn’t for work. I love dancing and it’s a particular frustration of mine. I could have been a dancer. I said “no” when my parents asked me if I wanted to take up dance classes when I was ten years old. I was stupid. It would have fulfilled me as much as writing. But that’s spilt milk and all of that.

But I think I have to say that because my review of Step Up Revolution called A Step Forward and a Half Step Back published in Juice is a no hold’s barred review of the film as a film. Yes, the dancing is great, but it is still a film and is beholden to the same criteria. I’m particular about these things because there are myriad of ways of making film and there is tone and scope and presentation. You take every film on its own merits and by how it presents itself to you. I don’t think I was being unfair in my critique because this is what it was presenting to me. You’ll see it in the review.

But the dancing was amazing and if you plan on seeing it, please see it in 3D. I saw it on a 2D theater and even from there I could tell that it was going to be even so much better in 3D. The dancing was mesmerizing and its leads Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick are fabulous dancers. They can really move. I’ve been a fan of Kathryn McCormick since So You Think You Can Dance season 6 so I wasn’t at all surprised that her dancing blew me away.

And Mia Michaels was more than just a cameo. She was pretty integral to the story and it was nice seeing a bit more of her than on a judging panel.

I wish I could say that dance is everything to me but instead I’ll say dance could have been everything to me, if only I knew what I know now. And when they make Step Up 5, which I’m sure they will, I’ll still go and watch it. With or without a review.

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