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DC Film Girl’s Quick Shot: Step Up Revolution 3D

“Step Up Revolution 3D” is easily the best addition to the franchise since the original. This is a perfect example of walking into a movie where you have no expectations and are completely blown away. In fact, you should walk in to every movie with no expectations and an open mind. It’s the pre-judgements that turn a perfectly fine flick into a disappointing, rotten one.

Yes, “Step Up Revolution” has a predictable plot: boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets a beautiful, rich girl with a dream and the two work together to solve a problem, dance together and eventually fall in love. But who cares! We don’t watch these movies for the Oscar-worthy plots, we watch these films for the incredible, and I mean absolutely incredible dance sequences!

I’m a huge fan of dance movies, favorites include “Center Stage,” “Save the Last Dance” and “Dirty Dancing.” I liked the first “Step Up” with Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan, but there wasn’t a particular dance scene that blew me away. As I was watching “Step Up Revolution” in 3D, I was on the edge of my seat anticipating the next dance number, that’s how good they were.

The choreographer Jamal Sims and cinematographer Karsten Gopinath both deserve recognition for the unique routines that were beautifully shot. As much work as it is to create each dance, it’s just as difficult to translate those routines to screen. Bravo to them.

There is one particularly fun scene, in which “The Mob”, (the team of dancers that break out in flash dance style all over Miami), take over an art museum. Gopinath and director Scott Speer slowly take you through each room of the museum where a different routine is taking place. The lighting is dramatic and the costumes are bright, colorful and extraordinary.

Fans of the franchise will definitely get their “Step Up” fill, while newcomers will enjoy an amazingly shot, lively dance flick. Speer shot the entire film in 3D and it contributes greatly to the story. The 3D is some of the best I’ve seen in a movie, so go see it in 3D!

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