Like I did with the ‘My Favourite Blogs’ post, I’m going to change things up a bit. I am meant to write about my favourite movie, but I don’t have one favourite, so that’s a problem. Instead, I will write about the film that makes me happy.
In the 2000s, dance movies started to come out every two to three years. Kicking it off was the classic Save The Last Dance, then Honey starring Jessica Alba, followed by You Got Served a year later.
In 2006, a movie called Step Up starring Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. Pretty sure it’s where they fell in love.
All up, there were five movies. Some of those movies were shown in cinemas, while others went straight to DVD (just before streaming took over the world).
Out of them all, Step Up 2: The Streets is my favourite. It has been a while since I watched it (it comes and goes from streaming), but it’s usually my go-to movie when I’m feeling down.
It’s nothing spectacular; it almost has the same plot as the first movie. A troubled teen who is about to be shipped off from her hometown in Baltimore to Texas is given a second chance to stay in the city, but she has to attend the Maryland School of the Arts. I will leave it at that, as I don’t want to give it away completely.
Brianna Evigan was one of the stars, playing Andie West. I think part of the reason why I liked the movie so much was that I had a crush on Evigan. Robert Hoffman played the ‘Channing Tatum role’ of Chase Collins. Hoffman was riding a wave of success; he starred in She’s the Man with Amanda Bynes and Tatum. Hoffman was also a regular on Nick Cannon’s Wild and Out.
The movie also starred Cassie Ventura, better known to some people by her stage name Cassie. And the man who would have the b-story in the following three films (He only had a cameo in Step Up 4), Adam Servani.
The other thing that the movie had going for it was the soundtrack. Hip-Hop and R&B became more mainstream. T-Pain, Flo Rida, and Missy Elliot are some of the names that feature.
The final dance scene is the best of any dance film but has an editing fail.
The movie is worth checking out if you love all things the 2000s, especially dance and Hip-Hop. Or even if you love corny romance movies, then you will like them. If you watch it, let me know what you think in the comments.