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Saturday October 19, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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By SULOSHINI JAHANATH
It was only a matter of time for Dancing With The Stars hottie Derek Hough to make his acting debut, and he brings his awesome dancing skills to Make Your Move. Co-starring BoA (the Asian Queen Of Pop), Make Your Move is a story about dance and love.
Donny (Hough) is a parolee who performs on the streets of New Orleans. Unfortunately, his parole officer doesn’t see performing as gainful employment, and warns Donny to get a job or go back to jail.
He decides to bail New Orleans and join his foster brother, Nick (Jonathan), who owns the hottest underground dance club, Static, in Brooklyn.
It is here that Donny meets Aya (BoA), sister of Nick’s former partner Kaz (Will Yun Lee).
Naturally, both Donny and Aya, a dancer with a hip-hop and Taiko drumming group, fall in love despite the hostility and rivalry between their brothers.
Directed by Duane Adler (whose writing credits include other dance movies – Save The Last Dance and Step Up), Make Your Move is inspired by the epic love story of Romeo and Juliet.
The best thing about this movie is, without a doubt, the blend of dancing and art. Hough is a proven master on the dance floor, and BoA is almost as good, making the dance scenes a pleasure to watch.
The other dancers in the film also commanded each scene they were in, and the different dance choreographies – tap and hip-hop, tango and trapeze – leave the audience wanting more.
While the dance scenes are amazing, they are the only good thing about this movie. The plot is so formulaic you know what’s going to happen way before it happens.
Here’s a quick rundown: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, girl’s brother and boy’s brother hate each other, lots of fighting, girl and boy decide that love conquers all – until something suitably awful happens to break them up, boy redeems himself by doing something big and grand, wins the girl, fixes relationship between brothers, and everyone lives happily ever after. Oh, and there’s lots of dancing to distract the audience from the glaring holes in the storyline.
First of all, Donny jumps parole because he just has to dance, and he has to do it now, so consequences can go hang. OK, I get that. But here’s the problem – he was only on parole for another six months. Not six years, but months.
The filmmakers would have us believe that this was because of his passion and love for the dance, but to be honest, as the movie progresses, it becomes obvious that Donny is a brat, who apparently can make magic happen in just ONE day.
The movie barely skims over Donny’s troubled past. A little bit more time spent on building his character would have been great as the audience can relate to Donny’s woes.
To be fair to Hough, he does his best with the little he’s given, but he lacks the screen presence to be a leading man.
Jonathan and Yun Lee are the best actors here, carrying each scene they’re in.
The different thing about this film is how the filmmaker has incorporated the cultural diversity of the leads. Aya and Kaz were born in Korea, lived in Japan and now moved to the US for a better future.
While Kaz has his visa sorted out, Aya has three weeks before her visa expires and she has to leave for good, giving her a tight deadline for a successful audition.
Donny and Nick’s relationship as brothers, on the other hand, is rather curious as the former is Caucasian while the latter is African-American.
Comments about “family resemblance” throughout the movie is a cheap way to get a laugh from the audience.
If you’re a dance aficionado, then perhaps Make Your Move is something you would enjoy. Just don’t expect a Romeo and Juliet love story – because it’s nowhere that epic.
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