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Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Mini-W Reviews: High School Musical 3

Quite a while ago, when I first heard that the 3rd installment of the hit Disney movie High School Musical was coming out in theaters, I thought to myself, MAN I gotta see that. I remember when the sensation first came out. I was at a friend’s house, and her 9-year-old sister convinced us to watch the movie with her. Little did we know, it would be something insanely popular. Like, clothing line popular. We laughed at the tacky dialogue, smiled at the stereotypical love story, and (much to our disbelief) could not get the songs out of our head. As the love for High School Musical grew in young girls more and more, I could already tell there would be a sequel. How could there not be? Zac Effron and Vanessa Hudgens were no longer just performers. They were stars.

As HSM3 started, you could already tell by just the quality that there was a muchhh higher budget for this movie. I haven’t seen High School Musical 2, but compared to the original HSM, this one was full of money. Although things like bad acting and cheesy plot lines were something I expected, I was very disappointed by the song sequences. Not the dances, but the singing. It was so clearly prerecorded that the actors mouths didn’t even quite match up to the words they were singing. Also, how come Zac Effron isn’t on Broadway? I want to see that kid dance some more! The thing that stood out most to me in this entire film was how coordinated, smooth, and precise his dancing was. I am actually pretty excited to see the upcoming film ME AND ORSON WELLES where Effron stars aside Claire Danes in his first serious role. I’m very curious as to whether he can actually act, or if he should take the DAMN stage like I said so.

In the end, High School Musical 3 was delightfully tacky, kept me entertained, and is something to take your daughter (or niece ) to go see when you’re in a silly mood.

I’d give this movie a 3 out of 5 jelly beans.


The Mini-W is 15 and a sophomore in high school. A movie nut from her earliest days, she is a semi-regular movie review contributor to the Rouge Wave. She shoots from the hip and tells it like it is from her perspective.

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E.C. Henry said...

GREAT REVIEW, Mini-W. The 5 jelly bean standard just may be the new rage for judging teen entertainment.

LOVE what you had to say about the songs not matching the actors and actresses lips. Very astute.

A few years ago I wrote a teen comedy entitled, "Revenge of the Fat Chicks." Given you prime age of 15, I would love to hear your review of that... Did get a neighbor girl to read it -- I think she was 15 too at the time, and she like parts of it. My point: never underestimate your postion and taste and sensiblities in evaluating "works of art."

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

Anthony Peterson said...

My Kids love High School Musical, and I must admit the songs are very catchy. Full credit to Disney for developing this franchise. Its kind of like "Grease" but without all the stupid bits. Its pure innocent fun and I love it.