StreetDance 3D: Britain’s Version of Step Up 3D
Charlotte RamplingEleanor Bron...
Dania PasquiniMax Giwa
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3D, a group of London street dancers lose their main dancer to a rival
dance gang and subsequently lose their rehearsal space. After trying to find a
new location and raise money, they manage to secure a rehearsal space at a
ballet school, thanks to one of its teachers, Helena (Rampling). The rehearsal
space comes at a cost, though; Helena insists that the street dancers have to
work with the school’s classically trained ballet dancers and include them in
their dance routine, which they plan on performing at a street dance
The clash between the classical dancers and street dancers is as
predictable as it comes. Throw in a romantic relationship between street dancer
Carly (Burley) and ballet dancer Tomas (Winsor), add a few dance battles in
underground clubs; and you’ve got the basic formula of this standard dance
To be realistic, no one goes to these dance films for
the story or acting. Instead, it’s the dancing show-offs that are the real
case. A solid example of so, are the Step
Up series that are very popular despite the awful acting and watered down
plots. Last year’s latest instalment, Step
Up 3D, is similar to what you’ll be seeing in StreetDance 3D – but with different settings and dance moves, and
maybe even slightly better acting.
There haven’t been many British dance films in recent
times; the most famous being Billy Elliot, but this film is definitely worth
watching. StreetDance 3D is full of non-stop
dancing scenes, which are quite enjoyable to watch. The actors and directors
seemed to have learned from previous dance films that the winning ticket is to
skip all the pointless drama, and focus instead on the choreography of the
dance sequences and the filming techniques that show off the dancers’ talents.
The cast’s vehicle is full of young actors, which
isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Apart from Rampling, the most recognizable face might
be George Sampson, a 17-year-old dancer who appeared more than once on the popular
TV show Britain’s Got Talent and also
was the winner of the show’s 2008 series. This is promising evidence that there
are indeed real talents in the film.
Enhanced by clever cinematography, the dance sequences
really shine. The film was shot carefully to allow for the smallest details to
be noted, with wide shots provided, using some of London’s landmark areas and
sights as scene locations.
The 3D effects in StreetDance
3D aren’t that impressive, but still a suitable presentation since the film
seems to be mainly targeting teenagers. Also, the lighting in the underground club,
where the street dance battles take place, is quite disconcerting and can
distract the viewer from enjoying the film to its fullest.
StreetDance 3D doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is the main
key for its success. Younger audiences who enjoy dance films will surely enjoy
watching this film. Still; it’s not that much different from the other recent