“High School Musical 3: Senior Year” Graduated to one of the Better Trilogies

Genres: Musical/Performing Arts
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Release Date: October 24th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

JJ Rating: A-

It’s all about prom, university and graduating. High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

I Netflixed the first two and I, oddly, enjoyed them. They are positive without being too over the top. I think that people that have issue with it might be because they are too cynical to see how positively uplifting this could be for a generation of children. This excludes those that just don’t like musicals.

HSM3 was good. The whole group is back and the story centers around, of course, Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens). They are gearing up for the final musical and prom. But a university issue arises and it takes center stage. Efron, Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman all do a very good job. Their chemistry is fantastic. There is not a pair of them that didn’t see as if they didn’t have this on screen chemistry. The singing and dancing was great. There are some good songs in there. I, personally, like the junkyard seen with Efron and Bleu singing “The Boys are Back”. I think the chorography and the song worked well. It was fun, light and most males would, though not admit to hearing this song and enjoying it, reminisce their past because of what is described in the song.

It’s clever movie because they are doing a musical about being in high school and the music and sets for those bits that are the musical work well with the story of HSM3. Such as the scene where they are getting ready for prom, the song in that scene was great and included all the cast. The levity that they place on the whole high school experience is refreshing, because that’s how it should feel like. I don’t think anyone should dread going to high school.

There was also another theme and that is deciding what it was that they wanted to do with their lives. Their parents have their ideas and the teens have theirs. They are torn between doing what their parents want and what they want to do. It’s a good thing to address and it was handled well. Efron has his own moment like he did in HSM2 where he was alone on the golf course and singing to figure out what was going on. Well this time he’s running through the school singing “Scream” and it’s one of the better songs that ask that fundamental teen question of: “What do I wanna do with my life?”

It is a rare thing to find a teen movie that is rated G that is as beloved as the High School Musical movies. Disney has done it again with knowing how to get to a target demographic and getting their attention in a clean manner. It’s so, as I’ve already stated once, refreshing and pleasant to see this movie doing so well. It’s one of those movies that I wouldn’t mind having if I had kids and they decided to watch it over and over again.

This shocked me as much as anyone that I enjoyed this movie so much that when it comes out and they put all three together, I’ll be getting it. High School Musical 3 is a musical that spins high school as a fun time in people’s lives. It shows how it should be and how the school, as one, should feel. Such a great idea is now concluded. When I watch the other two and now this one, I’ve grown to really like the characters. But now that that it’s all done it’s kind of sad. But it has to be, they really can’t do much more with this and still have the greatness that these three movies gave.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year is a good film. It deserves the amount of money it has raked in. Of course if you don’t like the first two or don’t like singing this is so not a film for you. But if you liked the first two then you’ll surely like this one. It’s just as good, if not better. High School Musical 3 has graduated to one of the better trilogies I’ve seen, and one (if not the only) better musical trilogy. And one of the best uplifting phrases, “We are all in this together.” Sing if you know the tune.

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