Last night, I went with some friends to catch the opening weekend of the latest in the "Step Up" dance film franchise "Step Up: All In."
I've been a fan of this series since the first "Step Up" in 2006. I enjoyed "Step Up 2: The Streets," fanatically love "Step Up 3D" and was pretty entertained by "Step Up 4: Revolution." Yes, the acting is often terrible and the lines groan-worthy in these films. (No actor in the series has ever topped Channing Tatum in the first "Step Up" who ablely portrayed the underdog loser thug who was also a fantastic dancer.) But the sheer spectacle of the dancing is always impressive and inspiring for an amateur dancer like me.
I should say at the outset that my perspective on the films is colored by being a dancer (lindy hop, hip-hop and house, primarily), and a street dance fanatic. I follow the careers of my favorite b-boys and poppers the way that other people follow sports teams. I have spent more money than I care to think about on dance classes, workshops, camps, shows, and competitions around the world.
So I watch these films as both a fan and a practitioner of dance.
So let me break down my opinion on the Good, the Bad and the Worst parts of "Step Up: All In."
[WARNING: There are some things I write about that I guess are spoilers. Of course, the predictability of the plot is part of what "Step Up" fans enjoy, so nothing should be truly surprising.]