By Fred Topel | Image property of Walt Disney Pictures
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
No Disney movie has made me re-evaluate my life like this since D2: The Mighty Ducks. Perhaps High School Musical 3: Senior Year is the perfect bookend to my teenage teamwork movie. At least this time I can look back and realize I have made the right choices.
Movie Review: High School Musical 3: Senior Year
It's really nice to see a movie where no one has to make any decisions. There's a way out for everything. It's so easygoing, you don't have to go and feel all tense for two hours like those movies with plots.
These movies are science fiction to me. The idea of people being happy in high school is a wonderful fantasy. Also, that a high school drama department is good is pretty awesome. Everyone's so adorable and bright, even the bitch makes me coo. It doesn't even matter to me that the music is techno pop. I'm into it.
The opening frame of sweaty Zac Efron is intensely dreamy. They do another basketball song so all the HSM fans should be happy. It's truly the natural trilogy capper based on the conflicts raised in the first two, which are minimal.
It's only slightly bigger than the TV movies. They didn't shoot it in scope so it's essentially the HDTV frame. It's the same Disney pop that sounds like somebody holed up in their apartment with Pro Tools for a weekend.
The choreography is pretty similar. Maybe they can do more setups, so one song can have fantasy sequences and costume changes. Maybe there are more background dancers and more camera moves. They have a rain machine and special effects, but it still feels like the simple little High School Musical. The little kids are so cute it's brilliant.
The bigger screen does create more lip sync issues. Whatever, we're not here for technical aptitude. Actually, the biggest difference between TV and film is that now all these songs are eligible for Oscars!
If you want to criticize the acting, nobody's worse than the grown-up actors. The teens are just kids playing, but the adults are SAG day players desperate for their last hurrah.
Disney's idea of street lingo is laughable. Does anyone still say, "That's what I'm talkin' 'bout?" Isn't it nice to escape into a world where the hardcore slang is still a complete sentence?
High School Musical 3 is the best musical I've seen in year. Notice my careful wording, because I missed Mamma Mia. Still, it's the best High School Musical in that it's the only one I watched entirely on normal speed, since I couldn't fast forward through the talking parts.