High School Musical 3: Senior Year Reviews
(Full review coming soon)
Pull up a chair and grab a cup o' joe because I feel like telling you a story. Years ago, a movie was released. It wasn't seen on a silver screen and it couldn't be found in a blockbuster video store. No, this was a picture that was filmed in 24 days. Its soundtrack in five. In fact, the title wasn't supposed to stick either but no one could think of anything else so they released it as is. And much like thousands of movies, it was put on television. A made for TV movie that filled a few hours in a primetime slot. But something pretty remarkable happened. People watched. And not a few here or there...but 7.7 million people sat down and watched High School Musical.
Fast forward a couple of years. You're going to see the merchandising, the popularity (2 Emmys), the famed youngsters, another straight to television sequel (attracting 17.6 million viewers), and now a theatrical release. That's what I meant by triumph. Hollywood laid to waste by an original TV movie that debuted on the Family Channel (we Canadians don't have the Disney Channel). It's a beautiful thing.
So the question is does High School Musical 3 live up to the hype. In a word, sure. High School Musical is the type of film that makes everyone - young and old - check their ego at the door and force a smile. And if you've really checked in, you might even notice your feet pounding along to the energetic tunes.
Director, Kenny Ortega (Newsies, Hocus Pocus) is continuing the story of Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) as they make final decisions before graduating. The third installation tends to remind its viewers of a time when things were a little bit brighter, louder and sometimes messier. Let's face it we all have decisions to make. That's how life works, right? Make a decision - then make another one, and so on until the end of time. Well, remember back to the time before making those decisions was really tough? That first big one was a hurdle and that's what these stories are really all about.
I have to admit that after enjoying two films prior to Senior Year, it did feel like I was losing some great pals when that final curtain fell. But it was one heck of a ride. High School Musical may have made its claim to fame long ago, but the hits keep coming with this toe-tapping flick that could surprise you. You may just find yourself tapping your feet in the aisles while wiping your eyes with your palm. A very entertaining picture.