Thursday, April 10, 2014

Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010)

IMDb plot summary: When a rival camp, Camp Star, run by famous music producer Axel Turner opens across the lake, it causes many Camp Rock campers and counselors to ditch Camp Rock and join Camp Star. The Camp Rock gang spends the summer preparing for the dramatic battle of the bands; while still maintaining to have fun.
Directed by Paul Hoen. Starring Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, and Kevin Jonas.

(Spoilers about how it ends.)

This was definitely superior to the first one in just about every way. The characters weren't as irritating, Demi Lovato's voice got significantly better, the songs are more fun and more connected to the characters, and the plot was a whole lot less cliched. I especially liked how they *didn't* win the equivalent of "the big game" at the end, even though it did lead to them abruptly turning it into a happy ending anyway with no real reason. This still doesn't have quite the overzealous goofiness that I liked so much in the High School Musical series, but this is a much more solid effort than its predecessor. Nicely done.

3.5 stars.

Flickchart: #820 out of 2098, below August: Osage County and above The Tempest (2010).

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