Take a boy-girl pair of cute dancers from wildly different disciplines, hook them up for an imminent, all-important competition and watch their romantic chemistry ignite. Yes, the formula is very much the same in Streetdance 2, the sequel to 2010’s brash and bouncy hit musical, but this time it’s salsa instead of ballet that is being partnered with edgy, street-smart hip-hop. There’s a new body-popping protagonist this time, too – American B-boy Ash, played by Falk Hentschel, who hooks up with cheeky young manager Eddie (2008 Britain’s Got Talent winner George Sampson) to recruit a new multi-national crew from across Europe. But the vital spark is still missing until Ash encounters smokin’ hot salsa dancer Eva (Nike ad star Sofia Boutella) in the club run by her uncle (a bizarrely cast Tom Conti). Could a fusion of Latin and streetdance help Ash and his friends defeat their rivals? Yes, the story is even flimsier than before; but the dancing is even more electrifying. Vividly showcased by directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, the vibrant choreography by Michael Jackson veterans Rich and Tone fuses hip-hop hustle and Latin sensuality and the climactic dance number is so cool it raises goosebumps.
Released on DVD & Blu-ray by Entertainment One on Monday 23rd July.
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