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High School Musical 3

A 2008 movie directed by Kenny Ortega

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  • Dec 19, 2010
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            Hey wildcats it’s “Now or Never” as the song title says that starts off High School Musical 3: Senior Year. Yes, the show stopping phenomenon that revived the musical genre is back for their senior year and you can be sure they will get their last hurrah.

            This Wildcat journey brings real life challenges to the story as Troy Bolton (Zack Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Ann Hudgens) are forced to make decisions that will not only effect the rest of their lives but also their relationship. Should Gabriella move on and go to Stanford, the place her and her mom have talked about since Gabriella can remember, or stay in Albuquerque where all her friends are.  Troy’s dilemma is something on a whole other level, he doesn’t know where to go; should he go with his dads dream or go his own way?  These pondering questions can be all brought together as the High School Musical saga wraps up.

            As the song “Now or Never” begins one main thing can be said about this basketball themed show stopper; there were too many sound effects within the song. These sounds made the song a hectic mess. However, some people might say “well that’s a basketball game…” Yes, it may be a basketball game but when you add the song with the countless sound effects it really takes away from it all. Overall, the opening to this record breaking TV movie sagas big screen debut wasn’t that impressive.

            However once again I was proven wrong as the movie continued.  The ode to classic Broadway musical numbers “I Want it All” brings Ms. Sharpay Evans (played by Disney Channel actress Ashley Tisdale) and her brother Ryan (Lucas Gabriel) on a journey to the top of the world and back again.  But it was not the fact that it was so perfectly executed or the fact that it snuck in the rest of the main cast in so perfectly, no, what really was astonishing was that it was all done in a real high school cafeteria!  I have to say well done.

            The rest of this musical extravaganza brought both laughs from the newly added cast, Matt Prokop and Justin Martin as two underclassmen for the wildcats basketball team and Jemma McKenzie-Brown who plays Sharpay’s newly found assistant from Britain Tiara Gold, and the rest of the wildcats as well, mostly Chad Danforth (Corbin Bleu).  Included in this is not one, not two, but three Troy and Gabriella duets.  I suppose if you like hearing these two sing together it can be a relaxing break from the mellow-drama of the rest of the film.

            Song placement within the story was very well done this time around, unlike the somewhat of a disastrous High School Musical 2 where cast members just broke into song for no particular reason. Even though there was a very good amount of song placement the dialogue seemed a little too forced. This was mostly seen with Chad who kept using the word “man” all the time. Sure it was all right in the beginning but sadly it really took away from any compaction trying to be portrayed. This was mostly true for the rest of the co-main cast.

            Kenny Ortega, director, cardiographer, and executive producer of all three films, did overall a very good job. The incorporation of previous dance sequences was also a nice touch to add to the wildcat’s last hurrah. Camera shots are nothing but brilliant and add a spark that will ignite the whole movie alive.

            This final installment to the biggest musical since Grease will make even the most skeptical of fans want to jump out of their seat and sing along.

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review by . October 30, 2008
"High School Musical 3" is truly the end of an era. It's pretty much known that Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudges, and Ashley Tisdale would not be coming back for fourth "High School Musical" movie and with all of the main characters graduating in this movie, it would be pretty silly to make a "College Musical", if you get my drift. So as a "High School Musical" fan, this movie was bittersweet. I hoped and prayed that it would be fantastic but I couldn't help being sad that it would be the last one for …
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High school seniors Troy and Gabriella are facing the prospect of being separated from one another as they head off in different directions to college. Joined by the rest of the Wildcats, they stage an elaborate spring musical reflecting their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.
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Director: Kenny Ortega
Genre: Family, Music, Musical
Release Date: October 24, 2008
MPAA Rating: G
Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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