dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
I realize that by saying this I might well forfeit any hopes of any of you thinking I have taste, ever again, but High School Musical 3 was completely and utterly adorable and I exited with a big grin on my face.



Sure, it was cheesy and sugary, but it was also very sweet, reminded me of my own senior year (the dilemmas about future paths might have been simplistic but they were real at core), had a catchy soundtrack and nifty dancing, and was pretty romantic Troy and Gabriella are super adorable, sorry.

Basically, it was the best Bollywood movie I've seen all year, by far. Except that it wasn't Bollywood.

So yes, I am a grown-up and I loved HSM3. And I don't care who knows it!

ETA: How could those kids never make out. Whaaaaa? None of them? Heh.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
I realize that by saying this I might well forfeit any hopes of any of you thinking I have taste, ever again, but High School Musical 3 was completely and utterly adorable and I exited with a big grin on my face.



Sure, it was cheesy and sugary, but it was also very sweet, reminded me of my own senior year (the dilemmas about future paths might have been simplistic but they were real at core), had a catchy soundtrack and nifty dancing, and was pretty romantic Troy and Gabriella are super adorable, sorry.

Basically, it was the best Bollywood movie I've seen all year, by far. Except that it wasn't Bollywood.

So yes, I am a grown-up and I loved HSM3. And I don't care who knows it!

ETA: How could those kids never make out. Whaaaaa? None of them? Heh.
dangermousie: (Dr Who: snog closeup by likestarlight)
I realize that by saying this I might well forfeit any hopes of any of you thinking I have taste, ever again, but High School Musical 3 was completely and utterly adorable and I exited with a big grin on my face.



Sure, it was cheesy and sugary, but it was also very sweet, reminded me of my own senior year (the dilemmas about future paths might have been simplistic but they were real at core), had a catchy soundtrack and nifty dancing, and was pretty romantic Troy and Gabriella are super adorable, sorry.

Basically, it was the best Bollywood movie I've seen all year, by far. Except that it wasn't Bollywood.

So yes, I am a grown-up and I loved HSM3. And I don't care who knows it!

ETA: How could those kids never make out. Whaaaaa? None of them? Heh.
dangermousie: (Paap)


I have just finished watching High School Musical and I confess: it's adorable. Brainless, but adorable.

The plot is beyond simple: our hero Troy is a basketball jock and our heroine Gabriella is a super-science genius. They end up drawn to each other when they (accidentally) end up singing together and later decide to defy the cliche expectations by auditioning for a high school musical together.

My love for fluff candy aside, this is why I liked it (as I am much too old to find Zac Effron appealing :P)

* Catchy songs

* The main characters are both genuinely nice. It's rather neat to see protagonists who are good kids. They are concerned for others, good children to their parents, do well in school etc.

* Yay for girl power! Gabriella is neither a wilting violet nor a bimbo whose only goal in life is a boyfriend. She is intelligent and confident young woman. If I had a small daughter, I would have no objection to her watching this at all.

* Cliche-busting. The science club is not a bunch of abused geeks who are not as cool as the 'cool' kids, the basketball players are not insensitive bullying jerks. Yay.

* Matter-of-fact school diversity. It's not the usual whitebread TV school, and Gabriella herself if Hispanic but nothing much of the 'look aren't we special' nature is made of it.

* Random secondary characters, from the scheming diva Sharpay to the basketball player who bakes :P

Some wholesome caps: drown in wholesomeness, peons! )
dangermousie: (Paap)


I have just finished watching High School Musical and I confess: it's adorable. Brainless, but adorable.

The plot is beyond simple: our hero Troy is a basketball jock and our heroine Gabriella is a super-science genius. They end up drawn to each other when they (accidentally) end up singing together and later decide to defy the cliche expectations by auditioning for a high school musical together.

My love for fluff candy aside, this is why I liked it (as I am much too old to find Zac Effron appealing :P)

* Catchy songs

* The main characters are both genuinely nice. It's rather neat to see protagonists who are good kids. They are concerned for others, good children to their parents, do well in school etc.

* Yay for girl power! Gabriella is neither a wilting violet nor a bimbo whose only goal in life is a boyfriend. She is intelligent and confident young woman. If I had a small daughter, I would have no objection to her watching this at all.

* Cliche-busting. The science club is not a bunch of abused geeks who are not as cool as the 'cool' kids, the basketball players are not insensitive bullying jerks. Yay.

* Matter-of-fact school diversity. It's not the usual whitebread TV school, and Gabriella herself if Hispanic but nothing much of the 'look aren't we special' nature is made of it.

* Random secondary characters, from the scheming diva Sharpay to the basketball player who bakes :P

Some wholesome caps: drown in wholesomeness, peons! )
dangermousie: (Paap)


I have just finished watching High School Musical and I confess: it's adorable. Brainless, but adorable.

The plot is beyond simple: our hero Troy is a basketball jock and our heroine Gabriella is a super-science genius. They end up drawn to each other when they (accidentally) end up singing together and later decide to defy the cliche expectations by auditioning for a high school musical together.

My love for fluff candy aside, this is why I liked it (as I am much too old to find Zac Effron appealing :P)

* Catchy songs

* The main characters are both genuinely nice. It's rather neat to see protagonists who are good kids. They are concerned for others, good children to their parents, do well in school etc.

* Yay for girl power! Gabriella is neither a wilting violet nor a bimbo whose only goal in life is a boyfriend. She is intelligent and confident young woman. If I had a small daughter, I would have no objection to her watching this at all.

* Cliche-busting. The science club is not a bunch of abused geeks who are not as cool as the 'cool' kids, the basketball players are not insensitive bullying jerks. Yay.

* Matter-of-fact school diversity. It's not the usual whitebread TV school, and Gabriella herself if Hispanic but nothing much of the 'look aren't we special' nature is made of it.

* Random secondary characters, from the scheming diva Sharpay to the basketball player who bakes :P

Some wholesome caps: drown in wholesomeness, peons! )
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I have decided that from now on, every teenybopper Hollywood movie must be made by Koreans.

Take this plot: a new girl transfers high schools from a small town to the big capital in order to live with her mother whom she hasn’t seen for a while. She finds out that the guy she liked all through middle school has forgotten her and hooked up with a skanky girl, she discovers a friendship with her spunky half-sister, and becomes the center of a love triangle with the most popular boy in school and the charming leader from a rival school vying for her.



So far, so good, right? Typical teeny stuff.

And there you have Temptation of Wolves. Except…not quite. Being Korean, ToW is a teeny movie that also has:

1. A romantic story involving sibling incest. That is a viable romantic story that works.

2. Highly choreographed, fluid, and brutal fighting matches headed by the two love-rival guys who are actually respective gang leaders in their schools.

3. Tragic death and improbable medical procedures.

4. Motorcycles.

5. Hot guys on motorcycles.

6. Piggyback rides.

7. Rampaging elephants.

Well, maybe not the last, but that’s only because they were all out filming Jodha-Akbar.

Seriously, ToW has to be seen to be believed.

Pictures from Temptation of Wolves )
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I have decided that from now on, every teenybopper Hollywood movie must be made by Koreans.

Take this plot: a new girl transfers high schools from a small town to the big capital in order to live with her mother whom she hasn’t seen for a while. She finds out that the guy she liked all through middle school has forgotten her and hooked up with a skanky girl, she discovers a friendship with her spunky half-sister, and becomes the center of a love triangle with the most popular boy in school and the charming leader from a rival school vying for her.



So far, so good, right? Typical teeny stuff.

And there you have Temptation of Wolves. Except…not quite. Being Korean, ToW is a teeny movie that also has:

1. A romantic story involving sibling incest. That is a viable romantic story that works.

2. Highly choreographed, fluid, and brutal fighting matches headed by the two love-rival guys who are actually respective gang leaders in their schools.

3. Tragic death and improbable medical procedures.

4. Motorcycles.

5. Hot guys on motorcycles.

6. Piggyback rides.

7. Rampaging elephants.

Well, maybe not the last, but that’s only because they were all out filming Jodha-Akbar.

Seriously, ToW has to be seen to be believed.

Pictures from Temptation of Wolves )
dangermousie: (ISWAK rain by pinkfactory)
I have decided that from now on, every teenybopper Hollywood movie must be made by Koreans.

Take this plot: a new girl transfers high schools from a small town to the big capital in order to live with her mother whom she hasn’t seen for a while. She finds out that the guy she liked all through middle school has forgotten her and hooked up with a skanky girl, she discovers a friendship with her spunky half-sister, and becomes the center of a love triangle with the most popular boy in school and the charming leader from a rival school vying for her.



So far, so good, right? Typical teeny stuff.

And there you have Temptation of Wolves. Except…not quite. Being Korean, ToW is a teeny movie that also has:

1. A romantic story involving sibling incest. That is a viable romantic story that works.

2. Highly choreographed, fluid, and brutal fighting matches headed by the two love-rival guys who are actually respective gang leaders in their schools.

3. Tragic death and improbable medical procedures.

4. Motorcycles.

5. Hot guys on motorcycles.

6. Piggyback rides.

7. Rampaging elephants.

Well, maybe not the last, but that’s only because they were all out filming Jodha-Akbar.

Seriously, ToW has to be seen to be believed.

Pictures from Temptation of Wolves )

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