Dance Academy: The Movie (2017)
Critic Reviews for Dance Academy: The Movie
There's a realness to these characters and their journey that makes this worth a look.
I liked the Emma Stone-Ryan Gosling song and dance romance-drama, but for me Dance Academy feels more real. It has something about it that is more dramatic, more emotional, more complex.
Strauss is a writer of real flair. A former teen dancer, she knows the milieu like the back of her hand and is not ashamed to take delight in an all-Aussie phrase like "pity pash".
The dialogue isn't exactly sparkling. It's matter-of-fact at best, cliched at worst, but Tara and friends are easy to like. The ballet movie tradition is well served.
What it lacks in surprises, it makes up for in poise, a standard coat of glossy-imaged polish, and an affable teen melodrama air.
Audience Reviews for Dance Academy: The Movie
As a big screen transition for an award winning Australian Kids/TV Show, 'Dance Academy' doesn't disappoint. While the TV show was about teenagers willing to prove their worth to the world as dances in a prestigious 'National Academy of Dance', this film examines the underlining themes of whether or not the dreams of our youth are really relevant when we're older. For the series protagonist Tara Webster (Xenia Goodwin) it's about trying to regain a passion that's truly defined her well after having a terrible accident, as well as valuing friendships that come into play with her undying passion. While this film might fall for the usual tropes associated with chasing after one's dreams, I don't think it could have worked well without the exceptional cast who've played these characters throughout the TV series successful 3 season run, seeing them as young adults in these roles was both endearing and refreshing like reuniting with old school friends. The film primarily ditches the soapy tone of the TV series in favour of a more bigger scale drama in both the cinematography and the locations as much of the film's action takes place in America. The direction is as fine as ever from Jeffery Walker who contributed to the TV series. While the dance choreography is as fine as ever, if there's a montage sequence that doesn't involve dance it pads the moment out a little too long. Overall, it's a very worthy continuation of the TV Series, endearing as it's entertaining, and bound to put a smile on one's face by the very end.
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