STEP UP is centered on a guy who does wrong, is sentenced to work at the maryland school of arts, and discovers that all he needed was a little focus in his life. which he finds by integrating his freestyle dance background to a more structured one taught at the school.
STEP UP 2 THE STREETS follows a girl who has too much focus on one thing: the streets competition. and it is only when she’s brought to the maryland school of arts that she begins to rediscover why she started dancing in the first place: expressing who she is through her movements.
to tell you the truth, after watching the two films, i have to say i like STEP UP 3 best. with STEP UP 3, i said that the dance came first and the story just followed. and i stick by that assessment. but having seen the first two movies, i see now that STEP UP 3 was the balance between the two.
if you’re looking for story, watch STEP UP. it’s structured as a story, using dance as a way to get from one point to another. and for what it’s worth, the story of STEP UP is sound. you see the characters develop from point a to point b, and you see how their actions affect what happens next.
in STEP UP 2 THE STREETS, it’s dancing with a bit of story to push it from one dance performance to the next. i’ve heard that people like the sequel better than the original, and i get why. as i said in my STEP UP 3 post, people watch dance movies for the dancing. and STEP UP 2 THE STREETS is a movie with a lot of dancing. the actual story is flimsy at best, with one main character battling with three conflicts — all of which get resolved in the last thirty minutes of the movie.
and having seen all three movies now, STEP UP 3 seems to have found the right balance between the two to make a very enjoyable movie: with a lot of dancing to satisfy those who came for the dance, and with the right amount of storytelling to keep people like me quiet.
oh look what i did there, i talked about all three movies instead.
in the end, both STEP UP and STEP UP 2 THE STREETS is a one-time watch for me. of course, i’m not saying “never”, but for now, i think i’m done with both movies. unlike STEP UP 3 which i wanted to watch again because the dance performances were mind-blowing.
each movie certainly leveled their dance pieces up. i just hope that if there’s another STEP UP movie, the story aspect of the movie would level up too.