Step Up: 5 Reasons I Miss The Dance Movie Series
Do you know what kind of movies I really miss? Dance films. And I’m not talking about musicals either. Yes, I like dancing a little AND singing a little. But what I miss even more are the straight hip dancing, elbow pumping, neck snapping movies that we used to come back to in the early 2000s. What if there’s a series that has exploded the most, it was probably the Step Up movies, which helped propel Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan to stardom.
And while yes, I realize there is no shortage of dance movies on Netflix, like Work It and Feel the beat, it is certainly not the same thing. In fact, I have five reasons why I really miss the Intensify series and wants it to make a big comeback. Want to dance with me and find out why? Yes? OKAY! So let’s do it!
The plots were ridiculously wonderful
So here’s the thing. Intensify wasn’t really the first party dance movie. Save the last dance was. Now before I jump down my throat and start conjuring up movies like Free of any tie Where Dirty dance (Or, if you’re one of the cool kids, Breakin ‘2: Electric Boogaloo), let me explain. What I mean is, Save the last dance was truly the first major dance film from the early 2000s to try to merge dance styles. In Save the last dance, we mixed ballet with hip-hop, and it all came together to create an unlikely romance. For 2001, anyway.
Well the first Intensify somehow imitated this idea of the “bad boy” and the ballet dancer, but reversed it. It was the first film. fairly simple plot. But later films saw stories running through everything from underground tournaments to taking over a wealthy businessman’s neighborhood to forming a dance troupe called “the mob.” Honestly, if there is one show that I would compare her to with the path she ultimately took, it would be the Fast and furious franchise. And like the Fast series, she arguably got better the more she went mad.
They made it cool to love dancing
See. I like Free of any tie. In fact i think the final dance scene has some of the most skillful moves in the galaxy. The thing is, you probably aren’t going to find kids in the 2000s who say “Ohhhhhh!” to the dorky “children” who dance at the end of the year ball Free of any tie. But you know what they might have said “Ohhhhhh!” To? This crazy scene with bright clothes in Step up 3d. Or that massive dance scene at the end of Accelerate the revolution.
I mean, sure. Show as The masked dancer and Dancing with the stars are entertaining, but they are not cool. America’s best dance team was cool, but it was on the small screen. Intensify, with its explosive soundtracks and awesome choreography, made all of the robot slaps, kicks and noises, sound and look amazing. Who did not immediately want to start dancing after seeing a Intensify movie? I know I certainly did.
There are surprisingly many great characters in the Intensify films, since the main star is obviously dance. But arguably the best character of all is Moose, played by Adam Sevani. Introduced in the second film, the delightfully titled Stage 2: the streets (I still think the fourth movie should have been titled “Step Up 4 Your Rights”, but hey, a missed opportunity) Moose has become a major player in Step up 3d, and made an appearance in Accelerate the revolution and Step up: all inclusive also.
And his dance steps have always amazed me. Maybe it’s because he doesn’t seem to be in the game, and I don’t mean it the wrong way. Rather gangly and looking eternally young, Moose always stole the show and was usually in the foreground because he was just that good. Of course you can have your Channing Tatum, your “tWitch” or your Drew Sidora. But when it comes to Intensify, give me moose any day of the week. Ooh wee, this boy can dance!
They made great date movies
At the heart of every Intensify the film is a love story. In fact, I would definitely call the first movie more of a romantic dance drama than a dance movie, as the emphasis was definitely more on romance than dancing. Later movies would rectify that (I’m sorry, but I don’t go to these kinds of movies for romance), but even so, there was still a love interest in the middle of these stories, with some more important than others.
Having said that, I would call all Intensify movies of big date movies. The plots were straightforward enough that you could still sneak into a quick kiss and not miss much of the story, and the sexual tension was often through the roof, with the dancing being a good PG-13 substitute for the real sex. And after that, you can always talk about the performances you enjoyed the most because they worked well for just about any demographic. I think I took my girlfriend then, my wife today every Intensify movie as they were always a good time. We both would like to see every movie in the series. So why not together?
They were a point of reference for other dance films at the time
Remember when I said that Save the last dance started dancing in the 2000s? I lied. This distinction would probably go to Center stage, with Zoe Saldana, released in 2000 and which focused on a ballet academy. You are served, which focused on street dancing, also predated the first Intensify as it was released in 2004.
Corn Intensify was like the perfect fusion of those two ideas, and it pretty much became the de facto dance series of that period. Just think, most of the dance movies were one and done, or got a sequel straight to DVD like Save the last dance 2, Where Stomp the Yard: Homecoming. But I would say that Intensify pretty much set the benchmark for all other dance movies. So much so that you might even say, oh, it’s like Intensify but on a college campus. Or, it’s like Intensify, but with cheerleaders. It’s like that Intensify in the 2000s, and it’s such a shame we haven’t had a new movie since 2014. I mean, come on, folks! Bring dancing back to the movies! i want my Intensify 666: Dance, Lucifer, dance! It could happen!
But what do you think? Do you miss the Intensify as many series as me? Better yet, which is your favorite Intensify movie in the series (and yes, I know there was a TV series on YouTube Red)? Answer in the poll below. And for more info on the 2021 movies or even the 2022 movies, be sure to dance around here often.
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