Ladies and gentlemen, we saw Step Up: Revolution – and is anyone surprised? Of course not, we see every movie that is expected to be below average. And let us just say, that we, as viewers of the movie (with like 10 other people) were not that surprised either. Step Up: Revolution was pretty much exactly what we expected: awesome dancing, cringe-worthy acting and a questionable plot at best.
So honestly not that much happened that you couldn’t have guessed from the trailer… so our post on that applies here as well, since indeed the plot was as questionable as we guessed. Some of the cast members were better at acting than others… but obviously none of them were that great. Let us present you with a breakdown of the Step Up: Revolution cast!
Ryan Guzman: Ok ladies, this guy is seriously super hot. So he’s got that going for him, but that still doesn’t mean that he is the greatest actor in the world. Here is how he scored in our book:
- Acting: 6. He was pretty solid as far as acting goes. He even pulled off some pretty cheesy lines, but he was really cast in this role because he is attractive and a great dancer.
- Dancing: 8. This guy can DANCE. He wasn’t the best dancer in the movie (only because he was next to some truly spectacular dancers). But even more than his dancing, he has charisma as a performer. We really liked all of his dance scenes. Except the awkward beach dance… that was weird.
Kathryn McCormick: So she is the lead, playing this rich girl whose evil father wants to tear down the part of the city where the dancers live. She also manages to fall in love with the lead of a protest dance crew… as you do.
- Acting: 4. She was generally pretty believable as a rich girl but struggled as someone who would get involved with protesting. Also at one point she called the lead guy “John” rather than his actual name, “Sean.” How did we not edit that out, people??
- Dancing: 9. Girlfriend can dance. We were particularly impressed that she could manage both the lyrical/modern style that she was supposed to be aspiring to and the more hip-hop influenced style of the crew.
Peter Gallagher: Peter Gallagher and his eyebrows were playing the evil development father, a role that we continue to have problems with because of his past as Sandy Cohen on The O.C., where he frequently opposed his evil father-in-law’s development work. But whatever.
- Acting: 7. One of the few people appearing in this film who can pull off more than 3 emotions. Unfortunately, the film didn’t want for him to have multiple emotions. Problematic, but he did the best he could and created a character who (although he was supposed to be the villain) was three-dimensional and had a real relationship with his daughter.
- Dancing: 0. For mysterious reasons, Peter Gallagher did not dance in this movie. It would have been so much more legit if he had.
Misha Gabriel: So Misha Gabriel had the unfortunate job of playing the most unlikable character in the whole movie. His character was a obnoxious, unreasonable, and jealous jerk. He was even more unlikable than the evil developers in the film. We are still getting over his character’s personality, so these might be a little skewed.
- Acting: 5. To be fair, he was playing a pretty obnoxious and unbelievable character who was so unreasonable it was ridiculous. So maybe it was just the writing.
- Dancing: 6. We don’t really remember his dance scenes… he wasn’t prominently featured in them so he ranks a 6 – good but not great.
Adam G. Sevani (Moose): Obvi Moose has been a definitive character for the last couple of installments of the Step Up franchise, and they managed to convince him to make a cameo in this one. While this was great, his five minutes on the screen did manage to make him more interesting of a character than any of the ones we’d been watching for an hour and a half. Really?? Why wasn’t he more involved in this movie?
- Acting: 8. Sevani only showed up for a few minutes, but he has such a grip on Moose that he felt way more like a character we knew and cared about than either of the leads.
- Dancing: 10. Adam G. Sevani is a super legit dancer, and we were just glad we got to see him to do anything at all. It’s bad when the best dancer in your dance movie only stays for about 5 minutes, though.
All in all, if you like dance movies, go see Step Up: Revolution. This is a dance movie for dance people. We were cracking up through pretty much every scene except the dancing ones because, ladies and gentlemen, the plot and acting are quite questionable. However, the athleticism and artistry of all the dancers is truly amazing – you won’t find better dancing in any other movies this summer.