Review by Jack Foley
FOR the most part dance movies can be relied upon to deliver two things: stereotypical characters and spectacular choreography.
Honey 2 delivers plenty of the first but, incredibly, very few of the second. It’s a mind numbing bum ache of a movie that struggles to justify it’s existence on almost any level.
First of all, it’s only a loose sequel to the little seen Jessica Alba original way back in 2003.
Second, it brings nothing new to the genre while cruelly exposing it’s shortcomings.
Maria Ramirez (Katerina Graham, of TV’s The Vampire Diaries fame) is fresh out of juvenile detention and looking for a fresh start, which she finds helping to look after the dance studio created by Alba’s character in the original.
In no time at all, however, she’s been recruited by an aspiring dance group led by Brandon (Randy Wayne) to lead them to success in a forthcoming TV competition.
But it’s a situation made more complicated by the fact that Maria’s ex, Luis (Christopher ‘War’ Martinez) is the leader of their biggest rivals and the reason why she went to juve.
Returning director Bille Woodruff’s film is a lazy, uninspired offering that does the obvious and nothing more. Every plot beat is signposted and every character goes through the motions in terms of story arc.
To make matters worse, the grand finale comes down to a tied dance off, the like of which has already been done in Streetdance or Step Up 3.
But while most dance movies are redeemed in some way by impressive choreography, Honey 2 even comes up short in that department. None of the set pieces are remotely inspired and merely serve to drag out proceedings to an interminable length (almost two hours).
The performances don’t help, either, as none of the stars rise above the cliched material to make the film their own. Graham is particularly unconvincing in the lead role, especially when called upon to slip into a street talking persona.
But, in truth, she has little to work with as no one seems able to bring any life or freshness to the over worked material.
Hence, while the film may go by the name of Honey, the result is likely to leave the bitterest of tastes.
Running time: 112mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: October 24, 2011