"Dancing? On the street? In 3D? YES PLEASE!"

People spontaneously bursting into synchronised dancing has always made me massively happy so I was ridiculously excited to see this film. The story line is always going to be predictable (can anyone name a dance film that isn't about underprivileged kids overcoming adversity to win a competition?) so instead of getting angry at the transparent plot and feeling robbed of a chance to feel all cultured and uncover deep insights you can just sit back and merrily enjoy the cheese. Perfect. 

For some reason the cast are always much better at one than the other. Remember ever so slightly clumsy Julia Stiles in Save the Last Dance? Exactly. In this case the cast are all pretty un-known. A few have done some TV work but really the only established successful actor in this is Charlotte Rampling as Helena, who has crazy ideas about a classical ballet and streetdance fusion. Crikey, whatever next?! One young chap that can do both is George Sampson (Eddie), the cute little boy who won Britain's Got Talent in 2008, so bear the others' inexperience in mind but don't let it put you off; I laughed pretty much the whole way through thanks to the stiff-beyond-belief performances. I promise that the frequent dancing definitely stops it from getting unbearable. 

The locations are all very pretty and satisfyingly cliche; dancing in pouring rain, dancing on the roof, poor dancer living in a warehouse etc etc. Hilarious also is the use of the same London-skyline-at-sunset/sunrise clip used throughout the film, but who cares, it's all in 3D! In fact, this is the first ever British feature length to have that extra dimension so I reckon directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini were way too excited about that to bother with variety, plus their expertise actually lies in making mainstream pop videos for the likes of Oasis, So Solid Crew and Girls Aloud so all is forgiven. I was a bit surprised that the script wasn't...better...what with writer Jane English having previously worked on teen faves Sugar Rush and As If but it's not like this is about the story anyway.

To be honest, the choreography didn't strike me as particularly fresh either, possibly because dance crews Diversity and Flawless were so in your face after their TV stardom and no doubt everyone is now trying to copy those audience pleasing routines. But even that didn't spoil my enjoyment; a bunch of lovely, unpretentious beauties popping and rolling and jumping all over the place for 98 minutes - what else could anybody want? Pure entertainment.