Friday, November 14, 2008

High School Musical 3: Senior Year – a review that is by parts sarcastic and wary.

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At the time of writing this, High School Musical 3: Senior Year has an extremely lowly rating of 3.3/10 on IMDb. This saddens me greatly. My friend Luke and I watched HSM3 this Wednesday, due to it being 3.30 and W. not starting until 5.30, and HSM3 starting at 3.45pm. I’m delighted that we made this choice, because it proved to be everything that cinema isn’t these days – intelligent, moving, witty, and so, so, well acted.

Troy and Gabriella are now in their final year of high school, and they still haven’t bunged. In fact, it takes them 90 whole minutes of celluloid to even have a kiss. And even then it’s not a proper kiss. Anyway, it’s time to go to college. Troy’s dad wants him to pursue his basketball, and Gabriella’s doing Law somewhere far away. Naturally, they have preoccupations over whether or not their oh-so-deep relationship will stand this trying test, but it’s nothing the odd song or two can’t sing. In fact, Gabriella even decides it would be a cool thing to – on top of all the exams they have – put on one last school musical. Meanwhile, Sharpay’s gotten herself a Machiavellian British little manservant, her camp brother Ryan’s trying to prove to the world that he’s not really gay by winking at the girl that plays the piano, and Troy’s basketball buddy Chad is gonna miss his mate. Oh the woes.

Despite the achingly fresh and original storyline, HSM3 still stays true to its bubblegum roots, wherein all the characters will be break into song whenever they damn well please – whether that be in asking a girl to prom, in the middle of a basketball game, or, best of all – in a deserted garage, where the scene between Troy and Chad (played by Zach “I have the same nose as Wayne Rooney’s wag” Efron and Corbin Bleu) is so homoerotic that it wouldn’t be out of place in a gaybar in West London. Vanessa Hudgens deserves an Oscar for her heart-wrenching performance of the teenage girl who is torn between her loves – her education, and her stunning, not at all impotent boyfriend, although this really is a group effort, with the entire cast not putting a foot wrong throughout the entire film.

If you do not cry at the scene in which Troy finds Gabriella and they have their private prom moment, then I tell you, you have no heart. Everything in HSM3 has been building up to this moment, which is in itself a terrifically post-modern homage to Shakespearean courtly scenes. Everything about this film is perfect, and I so wish that I could sing like Ashley Tisdale.

(Nah, seriously, I liked it quite a bit – 7/10. It was totally shit of course, but ya know, in a good way. It was much funnier than Burn After Reading, at any rate. The gospel version of “We’re All in this Together” was good fun.)

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hahahaha.

In all seriousness though, Lucas Grabeel can be a pretty good actor. He was decent in Milk.

Just a girl said...

"intelligent, moving, witty, and so, so, well acted."

I went into shock when I read this, then realised you were being sarcastic, and cracked up.

When I saw the preview for this, the bit where he breaks into song on the basketball court nearly sent me into hysterics, it was so incredibly corny and WTF?! I'm tempted to see it for laughs, considering I've seen the other two, if I can afford to waste the money.

Zac “I have the same nose as Wayne Rooney’s wag” Efron was just Down Under for the HSM 3 premiere. Surrounded by screaming fangirls, of course.

x
JAG

Kayleigh said...

Don't get sucked in to the Disney tweeny bopper evil maker maschine! I'm waiting for Changeling and Waltz with Bashir to get a release at my local cinema - and I mean local, it's 5 minutes away from my door! If you want really odd musical songs to listen to, google Repo! The Genetic Opera, I am dying to see it.

anahita said...

epic lulz :D

I haven't seen any of the HSMs- I am quite desperate to see the original piece of crap though :D one day lol. so did you see w? it's got loads of mixed reviews - I think it should be REALLY interesting!! xxx

Luke said...

"her camp brother Ryan’s trying to prove to the world that he’s not really gay by winking at the girl that plays the piano"

That made me laugh. I enjoyed it more than both Burn After Reading and Quantum of Solace...

Emma said...

The bloke that plays Ryan is in a movie with Sean Penn? Now I've seen it all!

Besty said...

Completely unrelated, but - what's BUMS? (the screenshot)

Emma said...

Haha, something that's not as dirty as it sounds - Bath University Maths Society. :D

Marcy said...

I'm not even going to bother to hide my love for this film...

But your review was funny :)

Anonymous said...

Yeah, he is. He was at the premiere and everything =]

JaZzY said...

OMG what a great review lol! I just dont understand what all the fuss about HSM is all about tbh. Bring on better disney films like Finding Nemo and Toy Story. They were witty and fun x

Besty said...

And also unrelated, but how are you eating, Emmabung?

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What a romantic movie this is! I am really feeling for this movie. I have enjoyed it many times. I also enjoyed old 2 parts hopefully.
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I enjoyed it more than both Burn After Reading and Quantum of Solace.I think it should be REALLY interesting.
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Nasim said...

yeah, I think Both 'Quantum of Solace" and 'American High School' both are nice. I like High School part 3 most. nice romantic movie.
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Ok i want to know something.... Who else was like WTF when sharpay said kissing scene???????

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It was so incredibly corny and WTF? I'm tempted to see it for laughs, considering I've seen the other two, if I can afford to waste time.
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