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Urban, gritty, moving, good soundtrack, intersting characters and back story lines, stuggling dancers and screwed up parental relationships......... and things that were in Save the Last Dance with Julia Stiles but sadly missing from this god awful sequel.
This sequel picks up where the first movie ended with a video diary/interview of the main character Sarah Johnson. It basically fills in the story of the first film and explains why the main charcaters will not appear. Personally I think they got a script preview and thought about the potential damage to their career.
Okay, Sarah has got into Julliard and she is finding it tough. The film looks at her struggle to dance ballet while yearning for something else, namely hip-hop. And sadly this is where the film falls down. We last saw Sarah dancing her ballet perfectly and her miodern routine was brilliant. So whyis she not doing modern dance? And more to the point when did she a gloriously blue/grey world of the ghetto and move into an MTV world of skinny stick insects and clothing that Gap rejected for a reason. Do you remember Sarah in her orange puffer jacket? Come back Julia Stiles!!!
There is little by the way of dancing except one dance off with someone with attitude that has no reason to hate Sarah except that that is her character. There is then a drawn performance of Giselle. As good as it is it wasn't the ballet from the first film and there is definatey not the same atmosphere.
The on off relationship with a new guy is at times believable, but there is little by way of chemistry.
The film seems to have drained the franchise of the bitter/sweet touch the original had and while some dance fans will like it I reccomend that you save you last money and get the first film.
Save the last dance 2 is the 2006 sequel to the hit 2001 film, Save the last dance. It was released straight to DVD by MTV films but it only made an estimated $5 million. Save the last dance 2 is rated 12 due to some sex and drug references and the film has a run time of 90 minutes.
Sara has finally secured her place at dream school in New York, Julliard. Her mother's last wish was for Sara to become a Prima ballerina and she will do anything to fulfil this wish. Quickly making friends with roommate Zoey, Sara finds that there is a lot more to NYC and Julliard than ballet. No longer is she Derek's girlfriend but she does have a newfound love for hip hop and even enrols in some classes.
Miles is unlike any other teacher she has had before and has some pretty out there theory methods. Sara has an instant spark with Miles who is also a composer but Monique; her ballet teacher is extremely strict and requires a lot of discipline. Sara is torn between her loves of both hip-hop and ballet and is being forced to choose which is the most important. Which will she pick?
What I thought
I love any kind of dance film and Save the last dance is one of my favourites. I thought the sequel would be just as good considering MTV films had taken it on but even though it was not all I expected, it was still pretty good.
Isabella Miko plays Sara, who in the original film was played by Julia Stiles. I don't really like when they make a sequel with the main characters being replaced because it ends up feeling like a completely different film. From the opening scene, I found her quite annoying and I was starting to think that she was going to make me hate the film. Luckily, she did grow on me throughout the film but not enough so that I loved her. Also, her dancing seemed quite average and nothing compared to that in the first film. I think that there would have many other choices for this whole and they would have probably been better suited to it.
Columbus Short plays Miles, Sara's love interest since her and Derek broke up. They meet at Julliard where Sara is studying ballet and he's her guest lecturer. I hoped he would be more involved with the dancing after seeing him in Stomp the Yard and knowing he was in the show Stomp but unfortunately, he was more about his music and composing than the dancing. Even though I was a little disappointed with this, it was also something good. Having the male lead not be a dancer was something different compared with other dance films, which have been released over the past few years. Even an obviously low budget film can try to mix things up. .
While the plot and dialogue for Save the last dance 2 is not as strong as the first film, it did manage something that Save the last dance could not. It actually made me cry a little and that was something that I certainly was not expecting from this film. Like most love stories, nothing is ever simple and there are some problems for Sara and Miles along their journey. Although I didn't actually see the biggest problem coming, I don't think it was too inventive. Something a lot more exciting could have been brought in to the film to help save it from the terrible acting and weak dialogue. Even the dancing ability doesn't really help any. Overall, this film is quite weak compared to other dance films but it is available for £2.99 on Amazon so isn't a complete waste of money.
This is the follow up to the 2001 hit Save the last dance & it follows Sara's progression through her Juilliard School training with dance instructor Monique Delacroix.
Sara has the opportunity to become a world class ballet dancer but her head gets turned by a man called Miles (a hiphop teacher at the school) & as usual in these type of films she must choose between Miles and his Hip hop dancing & her career in Ballet
I actually prefer this film to the first one, the chemistry between Sarah & Miles much more interesting and easier to believe. And the dancing in this film is a lot better then in the first, if you are a fan of dance and the films based on it then you will like it for that if nothing else.
Yet again there is not a massive plot to this film & its easy to guess what going to happen next, but I dont watch these type of films for the plot line, I love watching them for the music & dancing.
Why Did I Choose to Watch this Film?!
Anything to do with almost any kind of dancing and I'll watch it. I used to do all sorts of (amateur level) competitions across the country from the age of 7 - 17 in ballroom and Latin, freestyle, rock n roll but since giving up, my passion for dance and anything dancy has not abated 11 years on. Therefore, I am always drawn to the dance films, such as Dirty Dancing, Honey, Save the Last Dance and Step Up.
I really enjoyed Save the Last Dance, it was one of the better films in this genre, and I have been meaning to watch the sequel for a while. I had borrowed it off a friend, and finally I have got round to watching it!
This starts almost where we left Sara, the main character, in the original. Sara, a promising ballerina, has gotten in to a prestigious school which will, with lots of hard work and determination, further her career In ballet. There is a section at the beginning of the film where the viewer is told that she and her boyfriend (predictably, one of the big storylines in the first one) have broken up because of the distance and so she can focus on her studies.
This film shows her starting in her new school, trying hard to impress her strict ballet teacher and falling once again for the boy who loves hip hop. The battle between her passion for contemporary dance and her career as a hard working ballet dancer is fierce, and made even more complicated by the relationships she has with Miles, the love interest) and her teacher.
Sequels in my opinion, rarely live up to the original, and this is no exception. I firstly thought I was to be disappointed by the casting of a new actress, Izabella Miko, to play Sara. The first movie saw Julia Stiles play this role. However, I found that there was a softer side to Izabella's portrayal of Sara and actually her character was one of my favourite things about the film as a whole. I still loved Julia Stiles' portrayal, but the actress in the sequel brought something new to it I felt. I also loved the casting of Miles, who is Sara's new love interest. Firstly, he is incredibly sexy and talented. Secondly, his good natured, friendly personality meant that I immediately I warmed to him.
Aside from the two main characters, I wouldn't say there are any other characters that need a particular mention. I found Sara's roommate extremely annoying and quite honestly pointless and unnecessary, but then I guess a girl needs a friend to be shown in a film such as this! There was also the character of Sara's mentor which I felt could have been developed a bit more. Despite offering Sarah drugs to keep her slim and keep her awake as well as being insanely jealous of Sara's talent, this storyline wasn't developed and was soon forgotten. It just felt like wasted time and I felt it was almost pointless adding these scenes to the film at all.
I feel that the reason that the first film was such as success was the blend of brilliant casting, the mix of traditional and contemporary dancing, an amazing sound track and a great storyline exploring racial tension. The second film, aside from the first two bits I mentioned, didn't have this. I found the soundtrack unmemorable whereas I went out and bought the soundtrack for the original it was so amazing. (There is a rather good cameo in this film from Nee-Yo though which made up for it!)
However the main let down really is the general story line. Unlike the original where the conflict between her passion for the two different styles of dancing mirrors her personal life, Sara's conflict in the second one is barely a conflict at all.
In the first movie, Sara has problems with some of the black girls in the neighbourhood as they believe she is taking one of the very few "good" black men in their rough and violent neigbourhood. I realise that the same story cannot be done twice, but I just felt this story lacked a little something to make it more interesting. The first film felt a bit more unique from most chick flicks, but the story this time was more about Sara "finding" herself and what she actually wanted to do with her life, it had a message, about following your heart bla bla, but nothing that made it different really from all the other films out there.
I have mentioned quite a few negatives for this film, but because of all of the wonderful dancing in it, I did still enjoy the film! Once again there are some great dance sequences and I enjoyed the love story between Sara and Miles. Everything else wasn't up to the original standards, and I certainly won't be rushing out to by the sound track any time soon.
Info about the DVD
This DVD has both Save the Last Dance and Save the Last Dance 2 on it. Rated 12.
Total duration of whole DVD: 196 mins
I absolutly loved 'save the last dance'- being a typical Romeo and Juliet dance love story, i think i must have watched the fim a hundred times over- When i first heard they where bringing out a sequel i was excited, as we saw the first film end, where Sara ( the main character) get a place in the ballet school of her dreams- Juilard.I wondered how the second film would reflect upon this, however i was rather disappointed with the follow up film.
Izabella Miko as Sara Johnson
Columbus Short as Miles Sultana
Jacqueline Bisset as Monique Delacroix
Aubrey Dollar as Zoe
Ian Brennan as Franz
Maria Brooks as Katrina
Tracey 'Tre' Armstrong as Candy
Seana McKenna as Simone Eldair
Cameron Wiley as Dancer
Ne-Yo as Mixx
~ The plot~
Budding ballet dancer, is thrilled when she finally gets a place at her dream school- Juilard, she gets stuck in with all her studies and her dnacing career starts to take off. However she becomes side-tracked when she meets a boy(miles)- there from totally different worlds, she being a pure and pretty dancer, and him being a bad boy, into hip-hop and rap.
She instantly takes a shine to him, and they soon start hanging around together and become friends, as she doesn't want relationships, as she wants to concentrate on her studies. But things don't go her way and she starts to lag behind in school, and her strict dance teachers, makes her face up to her consquences- and makes her chose between ballet or boys. She choses ballet and works hard, also avoiding Miles.
The hard work plays off and she is asked to star in the schools termly ballet production, and gets lots of recognition and praise, but theres only one thing on her mind- Miles. He asked her to help him out with a hip-hop show he was doing on the same night, but she turned him down, but has she made the right decision?? and will she go with her head or heart??
~What i thought~
To be honest the storyline was ok, but nowhere near as good as the first film, what disappointed me the most, was how they didn't use the original actor's from the first film,which was a big let down. As the story didn't seem to make sense, and was a little predictable in some places.
It is a great film to watch if your into dancing- ballet and hip-hop, and like a bit of romance aka- Romeo and Juliet meets the 21st century. Being an American film at times some of the language was a little hard to understand, and i couldn't quite make out what they where saying.
I would rate this film 6/10
Save the last dane 2
I put this dvd on my wish list. Having seen the first one many years ago, l thought that this would be a brilliant watch. (How wrong l could be) So when we had friends over l thought it would be a perfect opportunity to watch it.
If you have seen the first film.... this in many senses feels a bit of a 'poor' repeat of the previous story. However the story is supposed to continue the story of sarah, who continues to persue her dream in dancing. In the story Sarah is torn between two words, classical danceing or hip-hop dance.
She is learning classical dancing, but is drawn to hip hop by the sexy young Miles who she begins to fall for.
The story put mildly is dull. Its a girly film that features dance scenes and a story of romance. Sarah is played by Izabella Miko. Who really does not offer any where near the acting skills that Julia Stiles offers in the first film. This DVD seems a cheaply done sequel, with little to really grab you or keep you enthralled!!!
I found myself getting bored with the acting, bored with the story line, and the film seemed child like in many places.
I may watch the film again at some point, just to give it a second chance and see if l am being unfair. However l doubt l am. I was very disappointed. Prehaps l expected too much after the first film, and perhaps this is why the film wasnt advertised very much.
Id like to say the film is worth watching, as lm a huge fan of dance films. But this film just doesnt cut it.
Good things about the film.... it features Ne Yo, if you like his music!
The dvd case looks good, its bright and cheerful and draws you to watch the film.
The film stars Izabella Miko, Colombus Short and Jaqueline Bisset, and its 88 mins long.
Save the last dance two is one of those movies which I didn't have that much hope for when it was released. So often a sequel to a movie I like is released and after watching it I find i wish i hadnt bothered.
However, I was pleasantly surprised with this one.
(This review is of the film only as I saw this at a friends and have yet to steal the actual DVD to explore extras.)
*+* CAST *+*
Some of the main cast includes:
* Izabella Miko - Sara Johnson
* Columbus Short - Miles Sultana
* Aubrey Dollar - Zoe
* Jacqueline Bisset - Monique Delacroix
* Maria Brooks - Katrina
* Ne-Yo - Mixx
*+* PLOT *+*
If you have seen the first movie then the character of Sara will already be familiar to you, If not she is a girl with dreams as big as her talent. She has got in to Julliard Performing arts school and has aspirations of becoming a dancer. She is a phenomenal ballerina but it is her contemporary dancing especially hip hop that sets her apart from the rest. This movies shows the struggle to be the best and the hard work she puts in to achieve her goals. Her love interest in the film is Miles a guest lecturer at school with a passion for sounds and DJ work. There are plenty of twists including the revelation his mother and the realisation that sometimes, when you get what you want you realise it isn't everything you dreamed of.
*+* MY OPINIONS *+*
I was actually really chuffed with this movie. I really enjoyed Save the last dance and this continued well. The lead character is played by a different actress with Izabella Miko taking over from Julia Stiles, I can completely understand this as there is a lot more focus on the precision especially in ballet and Izabella is a trained dancer. One thing I found was that if you hadn't seen the original movie then you were at no lose just watching the second. Although it does continue with only the main character of Sara carried over to this movie the film does manage to stand on its own without its big brother.
The first movie had one of the best soundtracks on record and this one does try to measure up with some great songs by Ne-Yo and Rihanna but if I'm completely honest it doesn't match the phenomenal soundtrack to the original movie. The actors are really convincing in the roles and there have been some great choices in the casting. The dancing, although not as good as say Step Up2, does stand out and portrays the contrast between the urban routines and ballet well.
Overall this is one of those great movies you could sit down and watch. It has dancing, music and romance. What more could you ask from a chick flick.
Sara's mo to new york in this hit sequel. She's finally made it to Julliard the school of dance. Shes hit by the trauma of being torn between a love for ballet dance and hip hop. She has fights with her Julliard instructor of Ballet dance that he is not t continue with this hiphop dance as it is affecting how she performs her ballet and that she is ruining her life andnot getting enough sleep. Once again sara (Izabella Miko) is torn between herpassion of dance and music with Miles Sultana a dance musician who also teaches at thea academy. So if you want to practice your dance moves or even just watch an enjoyable film with a romance in the middle ten this is foryou. This is one of the est sequels around asit does not lose any credit for being part of the origional its a year later and practically its a very good flm
After a long wait and being a fan if the first film and soundtrack, it was a film that I definitely had to see and I can say that it is not a match on the first film. It continues the story of Sara, although originally played by Julia Stiles, Sara is now played by Izabella Miko. Also in the last film Sara boyfriend is Derek who is not in this sequel. So I do not really think this is a sequel, more like a film that has carried on the storyline, but has put in new faces in it, which I personally do not think has worked too well.
Continuing the story of the original film where Sara follows her dream and becomes a student at Juilliard, where Sara manages to become a star pupil of whom her dance teachers has great ideas for her. Unfortunately Sara becomes torn between her love for ballet and her passion for the urban dance.
To add more confusion Sara meets Miles a musician, whom writes some music and asks Sara to put together a dance for his showcase piece. The problem is Sara has to make a choice does she want to become a Ballet dancer or follow her other passion for hip -hop.
A good film with some fantastic dancing, but if you are assuming like myself this is a carry on from the first I am afraid you will be disappointed.