Five to almost ten years before, I abhorred absolutely anything that had to do with pop. I got into a fight with some classmates in high school because they worshipped *NSYNC and I was all “Ewww they’re so gross. You guys are so baduy.” Early college I loved the rock concert crowd, hated the bubblegum pop fans, hated mainstream music… It was lame to me, the artists had no real talent, and it was all “image” and “marketing” and “fake.”
Fast forward to present day:
I love Britney Spears’ comeback album — I’m totally rooting for her to get back to “normal.” I think the Jonas Brothers’ are adorable and have decided that if they drop by the Philippines for a concert at the Araneta, I would actually pay to get in and watch them live. I do NOT like Miley Cyrus (DUH), that’s one thing I can say proudly. But I do think Selena Gomez is cutesy and I actually watch her show when I catch it on Disney. AND…
I am so in love with the High School Musical (HSM) phenomenon.
The first HSM, I watched about 10 times — everytime I’d catch it on Disney, you better believe it’ll stay on that channel. I’ve watched almost every version there is: The sing-along, the one with the trivia bubbles… All except the dance-along. Which is a shame — yes, I actually think it’s a shame I didn’t get to watch that. I would have wanted to know the dance to “We’re All In This Together.” HAHAHAHAa– omg what is happening to me?
First definite sign that I’ve lost it was with the second installment — I didn’t like it, but I still watched it. Several times.
This third one however, was different. It was going to be on the BIG SCREEN, like an actual movie. It was a whole ‘nother level to HSM fans all over the world. And if I haven’t mentioned Zac Efron, I think now would be the best time to.
In the lull between 2 and the release of 3, sexy Efron was gallivanting shirtless with really low board shorts on beaches. He was with whatshername. I don’t care for her much. LOL. I was only looking at pictures of him.
Yes, yes, this is my justification for my lame, almost pathetic fanaticism of the movie franchise. It’s good enough, don’t you think?
He only took his shirt off ONCE in the entire movie (Boo.), but I should mention that the shirtless hottie looks mighty fine in a suit, too. (woot)
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And here’s my excuse of a review for High School Musical 3 (while I try not to stare at the picture because it’s kinda distracting):
I LOVED IT. And I’m not entirely sure if it was the fan-girl or the movie buff in me. I think it’s 70-30. Fan-girl gets the 70. Hee.
It really was bigger than the first 2. The production was grander than it ever was and I loved how they made it look like an actual stage play half the time. The costumes were a little overdone — what with Sharpay’s (Ashley Tisdale) slutty “villainous” outfits, with her twin’s (that gay guy with kind of bad teeth?) “WTF IS HE WEARING?”-inducing clothes in some attempt to be fashion forward, and the black girl’s overly color-coordinated getups. It’s like the wardrobe director only ever tried to make Troy (Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) look good and the rest got the leftovers.
The cheesy lovey-dovey scenes were typically mushy. Disney, right? What would you expect? I was like a tween all over again going “Fuck you, Gabriella. Troy is MINE.” And I was laughing when the song would start at the weirdest moments. I’ll never get over how one of them would just suddenly burst into song after a second’s silence. Laughable, always.
BUT! Awkward as it were, the songs were catchy, and easy to sing along with. (Yes, I was singing with them in the theatre shut up.) The dances, sequences were cute. And omigod I actually almost shed a tear especially when the movie was almost over. Nostalgia because it was going to be the last one! (College Musical just doesn’t have that ring to it.)
So it’s definitely not a deep and serious omigod that totally gave me a new look at life kind of movie. But it’s good, clean fun. It’s the type of movie you could watch over and over again, especially when you don’t want confusing plotlines and just want to relax. I know I’ll be waiting for it to come out on cable TV.
Also, have I mentioned that Zac Efron is really really really hot now and I think I <3 <3 <3 him?
…My future kids are so gonna laugh at me 20 years from now, aren’t they?