The Screening Room
THE STUDIO GATE
Let me just get it right out and say it; I didn't like "High School Musical
3: Senior Year."
“High School Musical 3: Senior Year” is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
This is a review of the DVD.
Maybe it's been the endless onslaught of seeing those kids from East
High everywhere I go. There's nothing really wrong with the whole "High
School Musical" juggernaught. I think Kenny Ortega and crew have
developed a nice franchise that Disney has taken to the world. It's this
generation's "Davy Crockett" or "The Mickey Mouse Club." It's clearly
aimed at kids and possibly teenagers who aren't yet cynical. I'm just
burnt out on it, so maybe that's the reason why I'm not too keen on
Watching the movie with my daughter a few months ago at the beautiful
new Cinemafusion in Anaheim, I was struck by how slow the movie plays. I
was also struck with how repeatitive it seemed, and how the kids of East
High weren't kids anymore. Watch television shows where the kids are
cute, perky and funny, you grow on them being kids. Then they grow up
and they aren't so funny, perky or cute as they once were.
"HSM 3" isn't a terrible movie, but it feels like we've seen this story
before. And we have in parts 1 & 2. The writer's essentially took the
same formula of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back, and
tries to twist it into something new. But it doesn't work this time
around. The charm of the original isn't there because the kids are no
longer kids, the romance isn't fresh, and much of the movie feels like
it's on cruise control.
Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale) sings a big showstopping number, "I Want It
All," but it's basically the same song she sung in "High School Musical
2," the song "Fabulous." "Gotta Go My Own Way" feels like the other
songs Gabriela (Vanessa Hudgens) sings in the other two movies. I
couldn't help but think of Olivia Newton-John singing "Hopelessly
Devoted To You" in "Grease."
Maybe it's the formula of "HSM" that's got me down now. The kids are
just a little too perfect and sweet, though in "HSM 3," the mood of the
film has a rather drool tone. They're graduating and might not see each
other again. Just like in "Grease." Yet those fabulous 20-somethings in
"Grease" didn't have Facebook or texting. Besides, a lot changes after
high school, Wildcats. Do you think they'll let you sing and dance at
your first real job? "We're fired, we're fired!" they'd sing.
Of course I'm poking fun at the conventions of "HSM." No matter what I
think, "HSM" still manages to pack them in, whether it's in a movie
theater or at home.
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DVD Quick Glimpse
Decent sequel to "HSM," but not quite as
Director: Kenny Ortega
Cast: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley
Aspect Ratio (1.85:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1
DVD RELEASE DATE
February 3, 2009