The wildly popular Disney Channel series comes to the big screen in “High School Musical 3”. Sure, “High School Musical 2” was okay, but given my none too glowing reviews of “High School Musical” and the recent disasterpiece “Camp Rock”, I was very skeptical about this. Just a note: If you are a boy under the age of 10 or a girl under the age of 17, you will love this movie.
High School Musical is made for the tween girls and little kids, and takes no shame in declaring so. And true, a couple of songs are pretty catchy, and Zac Efron’s a real talent to watch out for in the future. The dancing choreography is energetic and very very “Disney.” But also, it’s really, really predictable. (Well, OK maybe that’s not too surprising) The acting is pretty dang wooden for the most part, and the dialogue isn’t too great either.
It’s the senior year at East High for all the characters of the past “High School Musical” movies. People are both anxious and sad for school to be over, and are choosing their colleges. So as a goodbye, they organize a final show to put on. But with Gabriella off at a Stanford visit, frictions between Troy and Chad beginning, and Sharpay as always trying to sabotage everything, can it really all come through okay?
Reading that synopsis, you likely already know the ending. But I admit, some parts of the film are a really good time at the movies. Some other times, you want to throw stuff at the screen. C+