Yes, the fourth Step Up movie has arrived, and of course it’s full of invigorating dance numbers that are made all the more entertaining by the 3D technology. Alas, the dancers have to stop sometimes to allow the utterly unoriginal story to be told, and the romance at the centre of it inspired Amanda Brody, the screenwriter, to produce dialogue so cheesy as to be laughable.
A streetwise guy named Sean (Ryan Guzman) meets a privileged gal named Emily (Kathryn McCormick), and a romance is kindled. So is a lazy plot, the old evil-developer one: Emily’s father (Peter Gallagher) wants to replace Sean’s Miami neighbourhood with a giant commercial development.
But no one goes to a Step Up movie for the plot or the romance. Only the dancing matters here. Sean and his pals have a flash-mob dance thing going, and Emily persuades them to use the attention their guerrilla performances receive to mobilise opposition to the development.
There’s a swell number staged in an art museum and an even better one that interrupts a City Council meeting, and if you view everything between the dances as (unintentional) comic relief, you’ll be fine.
Oh, and fans of the franchise will get a kick out of cameos by some familiar faces.