Foot­loose & flashy free

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Film Reviews -

YOU KNOW what? For all the mod­esty of its am­bi­tion, the third film in the Step Up se­ries – the Star Wars of street dance – might just fea­ture the best use of 3-D since the ghastly tech­nique came back into vogue.

Whereas Pixar boffins whit­ter on about “im­mer­sive” tech­niques, the folk be­hind this class of trash know that the process only makes sense when ob­jects are be­ing gra­tu­itously flung at the au­di­ence’s col­lec­tive face.

Pre­pare to duck. Barely a moment goes by with­out a body hurtling into the un­sus­pect­ing fore­ground. Bal­loons are un­leashed. Wa­ter is spilled with aban­don. In one par­tic­u­larly shame­less se­quence, a char­ac­ter drips residue from his rasp­berry slushy over the up­ward waft of a sub­way air vent. The ef­fect is rather lovely. You wouldn’t ex­actly call it cin­ema, but you could watch it all day (or all af­ter­noon any­way).

Why waste paper de­scrib­ing the story in too much depth? Suf­fice to say that, yet again, some posh kid as­sists a bunch of urchins in their ef­forts to win a dance tour­na­ment. Fans of the genre will find plenty to en­joy: the chore­og­ra­phy is both smash­ing and su­per.

Alumni of New York Uni­ver­sity may, how­ever, balk at the de­pic­tion of their alma mater as a glo­ri­fied high school where stu­dents pass the time by drink­ing soda and play­ing cha­rades. What has be­come of to­day’s youth?


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