You may not know this about me, but I love to dance. I started dancing when I was just a child, and it has always been a part of my life. It’s completely normal to walk into my house and see everyone in the living room dancing the night or day away, so when I had the chance to write a High Strung Movie Review, I jumped at it.
I’m the type of person who gets chills just by watching a dancer go at it, and when it’s a dance battle, I’m through. You may even see my cry (happy tears of course). So now that you know how I feel about dance let me tell you what I thought about High Strung.
High Strung Movie Review:
I will start by saying I love this movie. If you’re wondering if you should watch High Strung, and that’s the only question you have, then YES! Leave this blog and buy your tickets!
If you’re wondering if this movie is like every other dance battle movie you’ve ever seen, the answer is no. This movie feels inspired. I don’t feel like the writers or anyone else involved just decided the world needed another movie about enemies fighting their battles on the dance stage. The plot is strong with this one.
As the title suggests, the main characters are both a little high strung and with good reason. Ruby Adams (played by Keenan Kampa) has her heart set on being the perfect dancer, and her scholarship will slip through her fingers if she doesn’t learn contemporary dance. Johnnie (played by Nicholas Galitzine) is facing eviction if he can’t pay his rent and without a work visa, he is forced to play for cash in the subway.
The main characters meet in the subway where during an epic dance battle Johnnie’s violin is stolen, and it looks like this may be the end of the road for him. Feeling guilty Ruby tries to help him recover it with no luck and the two end up getting to know each other. Their chemistry is beautiful, and you find yourself rooting for both of them as they face their demons and are challenged to grow in ways that don’t come naturally for either of them.
This movie could have been a little too emotionally thick and “romantic” for me had it not been for Johnnie’s downstairs neighbors; a dance crew called The SwitchSteps. This dance crew reminds me of one of my favorites, and their group is made of dynamic and lovable characters. While we don’t really get to know the members of the crew that well, we are given enough to fall in love with them and have me secretly begging for a sequel.
I don’t want to give too much away, but like some of the best dance films of all time you can expect and an emotional and dramatic ending that will cause you to leave the theater inspired!
The blending of music and dance in this film is something I have been waiting for for quite some time!
High Strung Movie Synopsis:
In a city where only the best succeed, two radically talented people from opposite sides of the tracks need to find the harmony to achieve their dreams.
RUBY ADAMS is a dancer from the Midwest on scholarship, living her first day in New York City. JOHNNIE BLACKWELL is a British musician, playing for money in the subway tunnels. Ruby’s world is classical and disciplined; Johnnie’s is improvisational and street smart. When a hip-hop battle gone wrong throws these two artists together, they immediately clash but can’t deny it when sparks begin to fly. Their lives quickly get entangled in the pitfalls that come with competing in New York City. With the help of a dynamic dance crew called The SwitchSteps, Ruby and Johnnie must find a way to save Ruby’s scholarship and keep Johnnie from being deported.
In an action-packed extravaganza combining cutting edge hip-hop with contemporary and classical dance, the two must navigate their opposing worlds and prepare for a competition where winning or losing will change their lives forever.
High Strung Official Trailer:
High Strung premiers in theaters on April 8th, 2016! GET TICKETS HERE
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