Disney’s third movie in its popular High School Musical franchise, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, is just that, a musical aimed at high school kids and younger. I had never see the first two High School Musical movies, but my cousin’s six-year-old granddaughter is just crazy about Disney’s High School Musical movies. After seeing the third High School Musical movie, which is the only one that was made for the big screen, I can see why a six year old would like it: catchy songs, tight dance numbers, cool costumes, a simple plot, and Zanessa (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens). What more could any kid ask for?
All the main cast members return for High School Musical 3: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, and Monique Coleman. Reprising their roles as fellow Wildcats and devoted friends, from the first two Disney Channel Original Movies, are Olesya Rulin, Chris Warren Jr., Ryne Sanborn, Casey Stroh, Bart Johnson and Alyson Reed.
The plot of Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year revolves around the Wildcats’ final year at East High: a basketball championship, graduation, prom, college and the final big spring musical they will perform. Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) vow to make every moment count. The main two questions asked in High School Musical 3 are: will Troy and Gabriella stay together, and what will Troy decide about college?
The moral of High School Musical 3 seems to be that high school students should make their own decisions and be their own person. Hmmmm…. Seen it, seen, it, and seen it again. Something deeper and meatier would have been nice, but High School Musical 3 isn’t bad. It just isn’t great. High School Musical 3 is more focused on singing and dancing than it is plot.
My favorite scene is derivative in a good way of “Singing in the Rain” and Sound of Music” when Troy and Gabriella are waltzing on the roof of East High School in the rain.
The actors in High School Musical 3 are cute and quite talented. The High School Musical 3 songs are catchy and the dance choreography is well done. High School Musical 3 is fairly wholesome if you don’t mind high school girls being shown repeatedly in heels, short skirts, and cleavage, but compared to the fare being served by so-called family channels, High School Musical 3 is quite harmless.
High School Musical 3 is the winner of two Emmy® Awards, a DGA Award, an Imagen Award, a Director’s Guild of America Award, and the Billboard Music Award for Soundtrack of the Year. Disney’s High School Musical 3: Senior Year-Extended Edition, arrived on Blu-ray and DVD from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on February 17th, 2009.
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