High School Musical 3

On my About page, I invite all my readers to submit guest reviews, if they have the desire.  Cindy, from www.fordpride.blogspot.com submitted a review for High School Musical 3, which is perfect, because I would never watch that movie.  So here’s to bringing some diversity to Bitchin’ Film Reviews.

Not knowing what would happen in the third installment of Disney’s highly acclaimed (by me) High School Musical series, HSM3: Senior Year proved to be exciting, tender, and just plain awesome.  Seriously.  Director Kenny Ortega (HSM, HSM2, Hocus Pocus, Newsies) forces every moviegoer to relive some of their high school memories (good and bad) throughout this musical roller coaster.  And he does it well.  It makes you laugh, it makes you smile, and dare I say it might even make you shed a tear.  It made people at the theatre I was in to clap, hoot, holler, and dance.

The story continues with the same main cast as the previous two, with only a few new faces. Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) finally realize that life after high school might get a little more complicated as Troy is supposed to go to his fathers alma mater for basketball and Gabriella is committed to Stanford.  That means more than 1,000 miles between them.  Quite a dilemma.  Of course we can’t forget about Sharpay (Ashley Tisdale), who continues on as the antagonist trying to destroy everything between Troy and Gabriella; her role as the villain was noticeably downplayed in this movie because the real trouble is in what the future holds.

I really just want to talk this movie up because I loved it so much.  It is fairly predictable, which I was expecting, but there were some cute little surprises that made me giggle like a school girl.  The cast performs magically, responding so naturally to their scripted romances and friendships (because they’re real!  They are Disney stars.  They get along with everyone).  Zac Efron seems to throw out more one-liners this time around, making you laugh more than you might like to admit.  I also enjoyed the fact that every cast member, during at least one of their solos, throws out their arms in dramatic movements.  It really adds something.  The dancing is enthralling (choreographed by Ortega as well) and the songs evoke emotions you thought you had lost since high school.

And Zac Efron is in it.  Need I say more?

Guest Review stars: four out of four

Rottentomatoes: 64%Cream of the Crop: 70%

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4 Responses to “High School Musical 3”
  1. Fletch says:

    “OMG! I just heard that Blake from Bitchin’ Film Reviews gave HSM3 4/4 stars! Tell everyone!”


    (No offense, Cindy. Just playin’ around with that “I would never watch that movie” line.)

  2. Blake says:

    Whoa. I’d like to reiterate that the opinions in this particular review do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of bitchinfilmreviews.com. BFR does however respect (but does not necessarily agree with) the opinions of Cindy from fordpride.blogspot.com.

  3. Anders says:

    For some reason I didn’t read the intro first, which is why I sat here amazed that you were giving the film such praise! After reading the last line, I realised something wasn’t right….and that’s when i noticed the intro.

    Lesson learned: stick to reading start to end….

    Jokes aside, i haven’t seen HSM3 or any of the HSM’s for that matter, so I can’t really comment on it.

  4. Blake says:

    Anders, you’re not the only one, I’ve changed the text to red, just so people are aware…I’ve received a lot of confused emails today.

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