DVD Review: High Strung

HighStrungDVD1STUDIO: Sony | DIRECTOR: Michael Damian | CAST: Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Jane Seymour, Sonoya Mizuno, Paul Freeman, Ian Eastwood
RELEASE DATE: 8/2/16 | PRICE: DVD $14.51
SPECS: PG | 96 min. | Musical drama romance | 2.35:1 widescreen | Dolby Digital 5.1 | English, French and Spanish subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio  | Video  | Overall

The worlds of classical dance and modern hip-hop music collide in the music-filled drama-romance High Strung.

Keenan Kampa and Nicholas Galitzine in High Strung

Keenan Kampa and Nicholas Galitzine in High Strung

An aspiring dancer named Ruby (real-life Russian ballet star Keenan Kampa of the Mariinsky Ballet) comes to big, bad New York City to attend classes at a prestigious, Juilliard-like conservatory. She quickly meets talented British violinist Johnnie (of course his name is Johnnie!), a broody busker who works the city’s subway stations. Of course, they’re drawn to each other, and it doesn’t take too long before their feelings take the form of Johnnie and his friends helping Ruby with her mastery over street-styled dancing, and Ruby lending a hand in keeping Johnnie from being deported.

With its attractive and appealing leading players (particularly Kampa), high-energy dance sequences created by So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Dave Scott (the kind you’ve seen in the Step Up series, among other hip, young dance flicks) and a lively, scenery-chewing supporting turn by Jane Seymour (Austenland) as a hard-ass hip-hop dance instructor (!), High Strung is unspectacular but inoffensive fun. It should definitely deliver for a younger teen audience whose only wish is to see the stars win the film’s essential climactic contest.


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