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High School Musical 3: Senior Year

April 27, 2010

Director: Kenny Ortega
Writer: Peter Barsocchini
Producers: Bill Borden/Barry Rosenbush/Don Schain
Starring: Zac Efron/Vanessa Hudgens/Ashley Tisdale/Lucas Grabeel/Corbin Bleu
Year: 2008
Country: US
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 112 minutes

It’s time to celebrate as Disney’s phenomenal High School Musical hits new heights in High School Musical 3: Senior Year! Fresh from the big screen, this motion picture extravaganza delivers non-stop entertainment from start to finish! It’s almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor – and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has these Wildcats thinking they need to do something they’ll remember forever. Together with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical reflecting their hopes and fears about the future and their unforgettable experiences growing up together. But with graduation approaching and college plans in question, what will become of the dreams, romances, and friendships of East High’s senior Wildcats?

The show must go on!”

I’ve seen High School Musical and High School Musical 2 so it made sense for me to see High School Musical 3: Senior Year but is it better than the last two? The story has definitely improved and it worked a lot better and made more sense as they prepared to say goodbye through one last show. I also noticed that there is a couple of funny scenes in it and the characters were better written this time round, the character development was actually visible from all of the characters and you got to see all the characters instead of seeing one more than the other. I noticed that Monique Coleman who plays Gabriella’s best friend Taylor, doesn’t seem to be in the movie as much as the other characters do and I don’t know why considering she’s supposed to be one of the main characters. The acting is a lot better and the actors and actresses did a good job of portraying their characters. The direction was good and the choreography was great. Also, the songs are a lot better than the first two.

I was surprised to find that the last movie would be the best out of all of them. I can say it’s definitely toned down on the chesse-o-meter, it’s gone from “Super Ultimate Same Difference cheese!” to “Plain cheese” and you hardly cringe watching some of the scenes. The songs and dances were well done and quite enjoyable. It’s improved a lot on everything from the last two movies and the difference from the first two and this one is adults may actually find themselves liking it. It’s got charm, it’s colourful and it’s a nice way of escapism. Overall, I very much enjoyed this more than the other two as it’s a lot more improved. I don’t see why people hate it so much, sure it’s not great but it isn’t bad either, I’ve seen a lot worse and considering the target audience is mainly kids and pre-teens, it shouldn’t be taken too seriously. After all, it’s just a bit of Disney squeaky-clean fun.

It gets a 7/10 from me because it’s better than the other two and it’s improved as well. It’s more enjoyable than the other two and adults will probably like this.

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