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High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Published February 23, 2020

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

Film info

  • Title High School Musical 3: Senior Year
  • Director Kenny Ortega
  • Year 2008
  • Run time 1hr 57m
  • Genres Music, Drama, Romance, Comedy, Family
  • Tagline The musical experience of a generation

It's almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has them thinking they need to do something they'll remember forever. Together with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical reflecting their hopes and fears about the future and their unforgettable experiences growing up together. Will their final show break them apart or bring them together for the greatest moment in Wildcat history?

Live blog

TimeComment
2:45What is up with people giving rubbish pep talks that actually depress people?
5:27How do they co-ordinate the massive crowd-size signs? I never understand.
7:40Did they just leave the trophy in the car?
9:23It’s not that secret. It’s a massive tree-house and they’re in full view of everyone.
15:13Pimp my locker! Wow.
20:24The raised hand to high five technique is clever!
32:05I mean, technically it is a waltz. But we’re talking week one of Strictly.
35:36I do wish our schools did car and mechanics stuff.
43:44Loving the choreography and staging of this prom song.
48:05“You’re the only one that knows,” she says, talking about it loudly in a room full of people.
53:54“Haven’t you boys ever heard of duct tape?”
56:23Their car has a mind of its own. I’m calling BumbleBee.
58:19Dudes just surfed a tyre.
1:04:13He really doesn’t need to go to uni if he can just listen and punch open a lock.
1:06:29Pizza and strawberries and chocolate doesn’t seem like a good meal.
1:11:57Kelsey and Troy have far greater chemistry than he does with Gabriella.
1:16:15Ooh, they’ve gone full Inception.
1:23:09Haha, the phone just bounced off the bed and kept rolling. CUT.
1:34:49“I just want to be with…” “Ew.”
1:39:58Bods have all the power.
1:45:14Wait. He’s a jock, he has the girl, he does theatre, AND he’s the valedictorian? God’s sake.

Thoughts

So we watched two trilogy-closers in a row and both of them were awful. The annoying thing about this one is the first half of the film was good, it led us to a false sense of security, before diving off a cliff.

It’s clear that Zac Efron was the star of the show, he was given some of the best songs and sequences - I really loved his piece inside the school alone, and the bit with the friend in the scrapyard, also great. When he was with the others, it didn’t quite seem to gel so well, but hey, High School Musical has always been awkward-fest.

Where it really went wrong is towards the end, when it felt like they couldn’t quite decide how to finish it. They had a graduation ceremony in the middle of a play. Sharpay had her heart set on something the whole time and then just let it go. A few of the stories seemed to just disappear off the radar. Weird and annoying. And no catchy tunes - literally the only one from the whole series is We’re All In This Together, from the first. Oh well, another series completed.

Rating: 1 / 5

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