By Fred Topel | Image property of Touchstone Pictures.
Step Up 2 The Streets
Step Up 2 The Streets is way better than Step Up. Step Up was pretty unwatchable with an Afterschool Special story and kids I never believed could dance.
Step Up 2 opens with an awesome, creative dance sequence in the real world. What looks like a subway robbery turns around into a Jackie Chan style choreography. You believe these dancers and they're doing stuff that's original.
Review: Step Up 2 The Streets
After that, you can deal with a little dead mom drama. Just get through it, they need something for the kids to set up more dance scenes. And there are more. They have awesome props and situations around which to choreograph.
The street talk is still Disney style and this is still a hood where the most violent acts committed are a little vandalism and roughing up. The stuffy teacher's dialogue is also pretty wooden, just to get to more dancing. They even acknowledge the soap-y drama of it all.
All the supporting characters' one note traits are actually cute. The guy with the teeth, the Asian with the accent, the too tall girl, the tap dancing rebel. It's not supposed to be deep, it's just fun.
Only now, the dancing is really awesome. There are clever displays of talent, and it's hot and sexy too. There's not much more to say, b ecause it's not like I'm going to describe each choreographed sequence. The idea of making awesome fit into structure is interesting, but there's only even one scene of that. It's mainly just hardcore serving.
Really, the only thing Step Up 2 punked out on was the title. It should be Step Up 2: Step Upper. But usually awesome titles cover up lame movies so it's better that the actual movie is cool. I'm not saying it's Stomp the Yard, but it's pretty good.