TEEN LIBRARIAN'S REVIEW:
Yeah, I know, I'm probably the last person in the known universe to see this movie!
I figured I'd review it here, since the movie, book, and soundtrack are so insanely popular among teens and tweens. For anyone who has been living under a rock the past year, here's a quick summary of "High School Musical": Basketball star Troy and math / science whiz Gabriella fall for each other after meeting at a ski lodge on New Year's Eve. Back at school in New Mexico, they decide to try out for the lead roles in the school musical, despite getting tons of grief from their friends, classmates, and even teachers. And the entire cast sings and dances … a lot!
In the interest of full disclosure, I'll be the first to admit that pop music is not my thing. At all. Most of it seems so artificial and manufactured. Having said that, I couldn't help but get caught up in this particular pop music extravaganza. You know exactly where the story is going, but the songs are so much fun and the dancing is so energetic that it's easy to forgive the story for being fairly predictable. My favorite numbers were the two huge group scenes in the lunchroom ("Stick to the Status Quo") and during the finale at the gym ("We're All in This Together"). Just the scope of it — the sheer number of kids singing and dancing — is outrageous. Everywhere you look, there's something going on, and yet it doesn't look like chaos.
This is a very enjoyable film that everyone in the family can enjoy.