So what do you get when you have an 11 year old, a 9 year old and an odd thing of having High School Musical 2 for FREE "On Demand" a week before it's premiere?
You get to watch a fun movie and write a review about it.
This review is going to be told from 2 different perpsectives. From my point of view as a parent who is selective of what his child watches.
The other, from my 11 year old daughter who is as big of a High School Musical fanatic as you can find.
The Parents Point of View:
It's a very rare occasion that a movie that a parent approves of can also entertain an 11 year old girl and a 9 year old boy. High School Musical 2 accomplishes this in more ways than one.
The "Tweens" Point of View:
The music was really fun. I liked seeing all of the dancing. I can't wait to buy the soundtrack so I can play it on my Ipod. I really hope they make High School Musical 3 so I can see it in theatres.
The movie starts off pretty much where the original left off. In High School.
Where the original took a page or two from "Grease", the sequel takes a few pages from "Dirty Dancing" but with more singing. ALOT more singing.
The cast, as we all know is a "Who's Who" of young adult stars who are already going on to bigger things than Disney Channel movies. They are more than capable of continuing their roles and providing as much if not more fun times, dances and catchy tunes. You can tell they are more familiar with their roles in the sequel.
The movie is a little more grown up than the original, but it's still a movie on Disney Channel. It goes without saying that there are problems that arise amongst the kids, and that those problems are resolved in a nice little package at the end.
Overall, the movie is great for what it is. A fun diversion from reality. Of course we will be seeing the pop-up, sing along and repeats of this one until the inevitable High School Musical 3 happens. (Rumor is it will be in theatres in October 2008).
The popularity of these movies do beg the question though, why wasn't High School Musical 2 released in Theatres. It was bound to make more than Underdog which by last count has made just $24 million in 2 weeks in theatres.
As for High School Musical 3, with the stars of the movies already moving on to feature films, and the fact that the oldest cast member is already 26, the days in which Disney will be able to get High School Musical on the big screen with it's original cast are quickly fading away.
High School Musical 2 premieres on Disney Channel on Friday August 17th at 8pm.
Oh, and make sure to pay attention to the party at the end, you will see at least 1 VERY popular Disney Channel star getting her groove on.