STEP UP ALL IN | MOVIE REVIEW

STEP UP ALL IN is the fifth movie in this dance movie franchise. Each of the the five films follow the exact formula – dancers struggling, dancers need to dance, dancers dance, their is some ‘tude from another dance group, battle ensues, generally our leads’ group wins, yay everyone claps. They are unashamed of what they do and you know what? When you have 21000000 followers on Facebook for the movies, who gives a shit. If you are going to this movie you know what you are going for – dancing, dancing, maybe Moose, and more dancing. Dancing is what these movies are about and these movies lead the world in dancing movies in the last couple of decades. I had a ball. STEP UP ALL IN is out now, released Thursday 11th from Universal Pictures Australia is rated PG and runs for 112mins. They have a great website HERE and a fabbo FB page HERE.

 

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REVIEW BY JASON KING

It had been quite a while since spending time with my old flatmate and good mate Brookie, she loves the dance movies and romcoms that have no plot and require limited brain power – take her to something complex and she will sleep. I thought this was a great excuse to catch up so invited her along. After some delish Japanese food beforehand we headed in with wines in hand. We then got exactly what we wanted, simple plot movie with dancers who can’t really act but when they dance you just don’t care.

It has been a while since I have seen a STEP UP movie but the dancing in this one is next level, the sets and costumes and choreography is out of this world amazing. They truly do have some spectacular “numbers.” Some of them are incredibly tacky and cringeworthy into the lead up of them but if you take the movie as multiple musical numbers stringed together with garbage you will love it.

 

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STEP UP ALL IN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | ANDIE (BRIANA EVIGAN) AND DANCERS ON FIRE

 

As part of the formula there is a lead guy who they keep trying to use to replicate Channing Tatum from the very first STEP UP back in 2006. They all seem to be able to do it but none of them have gone on to awesomeness like my Chan Chan :). My greatest gripe about this is Moose, he is no Tatum looking jock boy but Moose (Adam G. Sevani) has been in all the films since the second one and to me he is the reason I watch the films, he is the cutey, the charmer, the smooth mover and one of the best dancers on the planet. He is one of the greatest Michael Jackson impersonators in existence and if you YouTube his Michael Jackson tributes you will be blown away. Why they have not given us a Moose Movie I will never know – you could actually do a male Flashdance kind of poor to riches dancing film and have him star – it would make $$$$. Anyway – love you Moose!

Briana Evigan – the female lead who plays Andie. She also starred in Step Up 2: The Streets in 2008. I like her and that husky voice is very sexy but I just don’t see anything special about her dancing, it always seems the leads in these films are always outdanced by the support cast. I think her style is Jazz dancing, and while it is technically impeccable when you are dancing against serious street dancing popping and locking robotic parkour freaks you look like a goose. This never seems to bother the filmmakers, as long as they have their whitey straight laced Jock and Cheerleader lead actors the formula is working.

 

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STEP UP ALL IN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | WE LOVE MOOSE (ADAM G. SEVANI)

 

The opening sequence of the film is the best in the series and the most toned down of the lot. As opposed to a big number it is a comical routine of a few dancers auditioning for dancing roles. I was genuinely in hysterics – loved it. It was also where I noticed Misha Gabriel Hamilton (Eddie). Eddie is Sean’s (Ryan Guzman) best mate, they are in the dance routine together – but wow Misha is H O T and that bod – sizzling – sorry lead boy Sean, Eddie did it for me haha. Special mention and great to see the Santiago brothers back (Facundo and Martin Lombard), the crazy insane Jenny Kodi (Mari Koda) and my favourite couple of the movie that broke my heart – Vladd (Chadd Smith) – a robot dancing genius who meets his match and most romantic pairing with Robot Girl (Dzajna ‘Jaja’ Vanková). All the dancers are incredible – I can’t mention them all but you were all spectacular!

I do have to mention the insane Gaga-ish (who Brooke said came off more like a drag queen) Alexxa Brava (Izabella Miko). She is just a weird oddball presenter of the dancing competition and made me laugh more than anything but she is noticeable that is for sure and in today’s climate of celebrity she is probably pretty boring when you consider the fucking idiot Miley Cyrus and the more original Gaga.

 

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STEP UP ALL IN | SALTY POPCORN MOVIE REVIEW | ALEXXA BRAVA (IZABELLA MIKO) BEING CARRIED IN ON HER THRONE BY TWO HUNKS

 

As I have said, if you are going to see this you know what you are going for. For me, I danced when I was younger and the School Rock Eisteddfod was one of my school highlights. I love this kind of thing. If they actually wrote a decent plot into it then they could make a seriously epic movie but the producers know where the film’s strength lies and they make the movie based on that. This is pretty smart because we can forgive most of the rest when they start dancing. Out of all the Step Ups – this is basically the All Star version – all it was missing was a cameo dance move from a basically naked Chan Chan. Now everyone start petitioning for STEP UP 6: THE MOOSE FACTOR.

 

For the dancing this is a 5 out of 5 pop movie – for the acting it is basically a 0 out of 5 movie – add those two together and we get……………..

2 and a Half Pops

 

 

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