Fast forward to… the climax of Step Up: Revolution
The final dance number is a real showstopper.
Step Up: Revolution, the fourth but probably not final installment in the dumb-fun franchise, loses something in its transition from the big screen to the small. (The absence of 3-D is, for once, a liability.) That said, there’s still plenty of pleasure to be derived from the film’s elaborate, syncopated dance routines, performed this time by a flash mob of guerrilla entertainers. Every set piece is a keeper, but they really pull out the stops for the last one: a seven-minute, all-hands-on-deck extravaganza, in which the team interrupts a waterfront press conference by jumping on, off and around a stack of shipping containers. Given that all dangling plot conflicts evaporate in the face of such expert choreography, this showstopping finale functions a bit like the tour-de-force climax of An American in Paris. Except, you know, with more popping and locking. (Available on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray Tue 27.)