Step Up 5 Review (No Spoilers)

Summary Of Plot:
After stumbling on hard times, characters from the past step up films collaborate to enter one defining dance competition "Vortex".

There is always a place in my heart for a good step up film but the question is, did this film make it?

One massive bonus step up 5 had (for me anyway) was that it brought back my favourite characters from previous films such as Andy, Camile and Moose. A part of me can't help but think they done this in a terrible way. Don't get me wrong, the characters were great and I am glad they brought them back however to do (possible spoiler!) this they made us hate characters from the previous films. Kind of ruined the illusion of them winning the dance battle and everything being ok.

 

This film was similar to step up 4 in the sense that they are trying to get bigger and bigger stunt / dance wise. As much as I hate to say it, it failed at doing this - the whole film felt both repetitive and predictable. I didn't like how step up 4 deviated into the unbelievable side of dance but at least it was a completely different plot from the standard "oh there's a dance competition". It pains me even more to say that some of the dance moves felt repetitive - It is a skill to be able to dance like that so I am trying not to take anything away from them but we saw some move in previous step-up films.
On the topic of repetitiveness, the arguments felt repetitive yet forced, not a combination you want. Really got the feeling of I have seen this before and thought it was petti then so now its pathetic 

At the end of the day I can't hate it, the dancing was great, there was more emphasis on mixed gender groups, the boundaries were pushed, the soundtrack is repeated constantly on my phone (as always) and actors like Alyson Stoner were featured. Much like the past films it made me want to dance - my dance ability is questionable but still made me want to dance... Almost inspiring.
I don't want the step up series to end but for it to continue they must move away from the dance battle or if they want to keep the dance battle, introduce new characters and maybe have Small cameos from the original cast. They need to mix things up a bit. The "one final dance" in the title leads me to believe they will not make another film and if they don't, it was a strong end to a great franchise.

Overall I give Step UP: All In an 8.2 / 10. If it was any other film it would have felt like a bad step up but it wasn't so I don't want to rate it any lower.

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