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:: High School Musical 3: Senior Year

The people behind the hit ‘High School Musical’ series have done well so far, the first two films have had the power to keep both kids and adults interested, but I hate to say that the third in the series ‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’ falls well short of the standard that the first two set.

This time around Troy Bolton (Zac Efron), Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Hudgens) and the rest of the gang are preparing themselves for High School graduation and then onto High School. They think they all have their futures sorted out, Gabriella is off to Stamford, Troy and Chad (Corbin Bleu) will follow their basketball dreams at a local university while Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale), Ryan Evans (Lucas Grabeel) and Kelsi Neilson (Olesya Rulin) are all competing for a prized spot at Juilliard. But the happy days they have had start to turn sour when Troy and Gabriella soon realise that their schools will be thousands of miles apart. Life then becomes even more complicated for Troy when he learns that his name has also been added to those competing for the spot at Juilliard. Now he must choose between his love stage and his passion for basketball.

‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’ will rake in hundreds of millions of dollars, but audience numbers doesn’t necessarily make it a good film…far from it. This time around the storyline is very weak, a lot of the topics touched on here have already been touched on in ‘High School Musical 2’, so far so that if you have seen the previous one then you should be able to pick the ending of this one.

The music is this one is also weaker than the previous. There are no stand-outs hits to be found here and I certainly wasn’t humming any of the tunes after this one as I was with ‘Bet On It’ and ‘You Are The Music In Me’ from ‘High School Musical 2’.

The other thing that really drags ‘High School Musical 3’ down is the number of errors that have escaped the production staff and made it into film. In the first ten minutes of the game the Wildcats ‘win’ a game of basketball when technically the last shot of the game would have tied the game. Other mistakes are even more obvious, microphones appear in scenes, sets change color mid shot and the hat worn by Troy’s Dad in the final scene is not the colors of the college that Troy was accepted in to. This many mistakes in a modern film shows there is something alarmingly wrong.

One thing does save ‘High School Musical 3’ though; and his name is Zac Efron. Efron shines a lot brighter than his co-stars, it’s almost like he knows the ‘High School Musical’ series is slowly dying and he needs to show producers that he is capable of more. He steals the show in ‘High School Musical 3’ by having a presence that we haven’t seen since James Dean or a young Elvis. This boy is a star on the rise.

‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’ is the first weak link in this series so it will be a pity if this is the film that ends the reign.