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All Styles DVD Review

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Dance battles can’t save the thinly plotted “All Styles.”

In “All Styles,” the story revolves around a dancer (Brandon) who is off to college at LSU to study biochemistry. While in college, Brandon eventually looks for a new street dance crew. Eventually, the team enters a dance battle competition and, in an entirely predictable turn of events, the team has to go up against Brandon’s old dance crew Levelz.

“All Styles” is a low-budget dance movie that wishes it was on the level of a “Breakin’” or “You Got Served.” It’s not. While the climactic dance battle is thrilling and easily the highlight of the entire feature, the rest of the movie is a poorly plotted tale built around dance sequences. The script by Lauren Domino and Angela Tucker (who also acts as director) is also short on story and full of groan worthy moments. Text messages advance the story, Brandon and his roomie Nate literally stalk people to join their crew (yea, it’s real weird), and the movie is littered with Raising Cane’s ads. Basically, it’s all style(s) and no substance. 

Dushaunt Fik-Shun Stegall made a name for himself on “So You Think You Can Dance,” but acting is certainly not his strong suit. He can’t carry a movie due to his lack of screen presence during dramatic moments. When he’s dancing, however, it’s another story. That’s when he comes alive. The rest of the cast is largely forgettable although they are stronger actors to be sure. 

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1. How does it look? A quality standard def release.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The music really shines in this solid 5.1 track.

Extras include: “All Styles” trailer, 3 minutes of dance rehearsal outtakes, and a 5 minute behind-the-scenes featurette which contains set footage, interviews, and story discussions

 

March 4, 2020 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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