Movie Mondays: High School Musical
If you were a child of the 70s and 80s, you can probably still sing every word of "Summer Lovin". And if you love musicals at all, you've probably snapped your fingers along with the Jets. So it should come as no surprise that Disney has put their own stamp on the high school-themed musical with the (aptly named) High School Musical.
The story's about Troy, the school's star basketball player, and Gabriella, a new transfer who happens to be a hotshot at Science. Both end up singing karaoke together at a party and realize that they love to sing -- and possibly love each other. They DARE to audition for the school musical, which ticks off drama queen Sharpei. It also upends the social structure of the school.
The movie's predictable and at times poorly done but it's taken off among the preteen set. I recently watched a handful of neighborhood boys grab basketballs and do an impromptu performance of "Get Your Head in the Game" from the first half of the movie. They were then joined by girls and all performed the end number "We're All in This Together" complete with dance moves.
What IS great about this movie is that it combines the best elements of Grease and West Side Story but without the violence, racial tension or bawdiness. And the best part is the moral at the end of it all: Don't change just to make people like you. Be yourself.
(and to hell with the drama queen...)