Wow.. I was really disappointed in how this movie turned out.
1. The acting wasn't great.
Demi Lovato (Mitchie) was just alright. Joe Jonas (Shane Grey) was surprisingly good, though. Kevin Jonas (dumb band-mate who wants a birdhouse ) cannot act AT ALL, he has horrible comedic timing. I didn't even laugh when he said that "payback" was 2 words. Nick Jonas & the girl who played Tess were alright, but Tess could've been more biting and abrasive to me. She didn't deliver her lines convincingly enough. When she ran off the stage and cried, I didn't believe her crying.
2. We didn't really get to know the supporting characters.
Anyone knows anything about the Hasta La Vista crew or Andy, the drummer/bad dancer guy? Or even the other two "mean girls" who followed Tess around everywhere? Or the girl who sang "What It Takes" in the cabin with a whole crew of back-up dancers? I can't even remember their names! In High School Musical at least, we got a good feel of who Chad, Sharpay, Ryan and Kelsie were.
Peggy/Margaret Dupree's song "Here I Am" at the end seemed to come out of nowhere. I hardly saw her character and certainly didn't care that she was having a defining moment. Like, whatever.
Caitlin (the one who used to be friends with Tess) had one of the best parts. Even so, I bet she was onscreen for 10 minutes in total, tops.
3. Lousy plot.
I didn't care for the plot at all! Shane hears this girl singing but can't even turn around fast enough to see who's playing on the piano? He just stands there, gaping? He remembers the lyrics but doesn't sing it to anyone (other than the Uncle dude) in order to find out who the mystery girl is? Mitchie sung the same song to her cabin-mates, they could've easily told Shane it was her. Noo... he just tells people he's looking for "a girl with a voice" when practically everyone there can sing. Then he gets mad at Mitchie for lying about her Mom, but all is forgiven the moment she sings?
Tess screams at a power cord, pretending it's a snake? Honestly? Even a mean girl wouldn't act that dumb.
Tess tells the Camp Director that Caitlin was the first to throw food, but Caitlin doesn't even mention the fact that Tess provoked her by dumping spaghetti on her? ... ooookay.
I thought the whole "stolen bracelet" thing was done very badly too, like it was just shoved into the script last minute. I didn't see any of the scheming that went into it, the planting of the bracelet - nothing to make me hate Tess or sympathize with Mitchie. What is up with the Disney writers?
4. The best part - the musical numbers.
These were good. I felt like the stuff in between (oh right, the actual story!) was just filler. I didn't care too much for all the empowerment, this-is-my-moment type songs though. There were so many. "Who Will I Be" at the beginning had the awful lyric "if I want to change the world I can do it anytime". Then at the end "Here I Am" and "This Is Me". That's 3 American Idol crowning songs. Ugghhh.
I'm not surprised it got such good ratings (with the Jonas Brothers in it, there was no way it could not), but I certainly hope they don't have a sequel! I heard that's in the works, though.
I'd love to know what my fellow FORT-ers thought of this movie, if any of you watched it on Disney / ABC (or caught snippets of it as your kids watched it). I confess, I love High School Musical thought this was going to be just as good, but it came nowhere near.