Maybe it’s because I actually went to performing arts camp, or maybe it’s because my inner 12 year old secretly loves schmaltzy Disney movies, but whatever the reason I really enjoyed Disney’s newest movie musical Camp Rock.
Ok, the script was horrible, the characters under-developed and the ending was clear before the movie even began. However, under all this mediocrity was a cheesy musical that brought me back to childhood days when dreaming of being a super star was still a feasible life plan.
Having actually been to a real life version of “Camp Rock,” called Stagedoor Manor, and experiencing this type of camp first hand, I have to hand it to them they weren’t that far off. Sure they ramped things up a bit, but at the heart of it, kids at these camps tend to be super talented, devoted and uber competitive. Unfortunately, I did not have the privilege of a first class super star as one of my camp counsellors although I imagine that would have been completely awesome.
Camp Rock took the basic disney formula and churned it through the machine to get a ‘new’ story. I thought the performances by the actors were good and I really enjoyed some of the music. Sure it is cheesy “believe in yourself” kind of stuff… but this is Disney- what did you expect??
I know this was supposed to be a vehicle for the Jonas Brothers, but the only one who really got any serious airtime was middle bro Joe. The other two throw in a couple of lines here and there and intermittently show up on screen — is there a reason they are in this movie other than the fact that they wanted to be? Probably not, but when you rule the tween scene I guess this is reason enough. I do have to hand it to them though, their music is pretty good (not to mention they write it all themselves), and it also doesn’t hurt that Joe Jonas is adorable and completely fun to watch prance across the screen… it is no wonder he is the newest teen heart-throb.
All in all I enjoyed this. I realize it wasn’t very good, but that is even more reason to give it a look. It’s perfect for a lazy summer evening when you just want to kick back, veg out and spend a little time with your inner pre-teen. The only real bummer is the realization that you are probably too old to go back to camp this summer.