This is a wonderful review for MAKE YOUR MOVE by Sheila O’Malley, who writes movie reviews for RogerEbert.com! If you remember, Roger Ebert was a beloved movie critic for many decades. We love how Sheila is truly a fan of dance and the art of the dance movie. Read the excerpt below, but be sure to read the full review here!
Written and directed by Duane Adler, who wrote the screenplay for the original “Step Up,” “Make Your Move” has a pretty complicated plot, involving corporate sponsorship, event planning, career moves for dancers, visa and immigration issues, not to mention various family dramas and burgeoning romance. It’s a lot to absorb. But a movie like “Make Your Move” rests on the success of its various dance sequences, not its plot. And the dancing here is exciting, innovative, and specific. Each “number” has a story behind it, a motivation, a different look and feel. Adler and his cinematographer Gregory Middleton chose to film much of the sequences using full-body shots, the camera moving with the dancers, giving us a chance to see the dancers in action, moving through space. Oftentimes, with dance movies, the camerawork and editing choices cut away from the full body, showing us different parts and gestures, trying to generate a sense of excitement and movement through the editing. It can be frustrating, especially if you grew up watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers: “Let me see the whole dancer!” “Make Your Move” shows us the whole dancer. These sequences really move in a way that feels organic.
“Make Your Move” has an underlying sweetness that serves it well. It understands the need for community, for expression, for family. It’s kind to its characters. It features a diverse cast, accurately reflecting the dance world and its inhabitants. Adler and Middleton know that when we come to a dance movie, we want a chance to see, really see, those dances. They find a way to do just that.
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