Movie Diary 8/3/2010

Step Up 3D (Jon Chu, 2010). What can you say when a movie captures the very marrow of your own existence and puts it up on screen? When you see something like that, let me know, will you? In the meantime, here’s a sequel conceived for 3D (not retro-fitted) in which 3D’s inability to capture fast action in a coherent, watchable way results in the movie being forced to visualize its dance scenes in long shots and with a minimum of cutting – in other words, an inadvertent but welcome upgrade from most dance movies these days. The plot and dialogue are of course instant camp. (full review 8/6)