If I can be said to have a “guilty pleasure”, it would be dance movies. I won’t go out of my way to watch them, but if I’m flipping channels and I see Step Up 2 The Streets I’lll be like sure, why not. They are typically not very good movies, but the dancing is fun to watch, and more than that though I love how absurdly serious they tend to be, it cracks me up. I mean, they shot Chris Brown in Stomp the Yard because he danced too good. I’ve seen some live dance battling, and from what I could tell everybody got along and didn’t take it so seriously that they wanted beat each other up.
So when I saw a trailer for a dance movie with little kids, I figured surely this is going to be a lot more fun and lighthearted given that these are just children here. WRONG! Apparently the world of child dancing is just as brutal! These kids are punching each other in the face and shit!
Granted a movie needs some conflict and drama, but I feel like turning dance crews into violent aggressive thugs is a little contrived. Why is THAT the go to thing? Part of me feels like maybe there’s like a subconscious racial undertone there (of course these people indulging in this art form that comes from “the streets” would be violent territorial animals). I don’t know. It’s stupid, but I will definitely watch this movie when it’s on cable one weekend and I have nothing better to do.
Dancing. Serious business.