ABCD 2 - Any Body Can Dance 2 explores the real life struggle of choreographers Vishnu, Vinnie, and Suresh from Nallasopara, Mumbai who went on to win the World Hip-Hop dance championship.Wikipedia
ABCD 2 Reviews
If only director Remo D’Souza had curbed his enthusiasm and trimmed this film by a good half hour, it wouldn’t feel like such a slog. Despite all the high-energy up on screen, you feel drained after 155 minutes of non-stop song and dance. Sure anybody can dance, but it takes more work to keep an audience consistently engaged.
Much of ‘ABCD2′ is inspired by real life: a Mumbai group made it to the world hip-hop championships a few years ago under tough circumstances. The film sets out to prove that all of us can do with second chances, and that Indians can do hip-hop as well as the rest of the world (which we can easily believe given the astonishing degree of expertise we see on our reality shows) But a dance movie needs to electrify. That’s missing: all the I-love-my-India drippiness overwhelms the choreography. And why is it so long? It just goes on and on.
You should watch ABCD 2 irrespective of whether you are a dancer or not, because the performances more than compensate for the forced emotions, poorly-written dialogues and the badly-woven storyline.
ABCD 2 does not, even for a moment, pretend to be anything else but a dance movie. Which means if you go looking for a coherent plot line and an insightful portrayal of characters, you will be let down. Yes, it can get better, but ABCD 2 is definitely one step in the right direction.
Reliably, ABCD 2 livens up when the action shifts to stage, thanks to some splendid choreography by the inspiration behind its source -- Suresh Mukund and Vernon Monteiro (featured in the closing credits). Even if you're not a fan of this sort of dancing, the upshot of the troupe's sheer coordination and dedication is tailor-made for applause, a sentiment you increasingly experience in the concluding half of the movie.
For dance freaks, there is much on offer. For lovers of cinema, ABCD 2 is a hazy blur of a movie.
Like most dance movies (made in the West or Bollywood), the malady we are hit with is that while the dancing is professional, the writing is amateur. So, you whoop and whistle when the dances are on. But stifle a yawn between the gravity-defying grooves.
Varun Dhawan stand outs among the cast because everyone else around him is mediocre. As an ambitious and earnest dancer, his character is graceful and fluid. Except for the honest note he strikes, the rest of the film could have been just a bunch of music videos and no one would have been the wiser.
...might work for you if you just want to enjoy some cool dance numbers. There is little in the film apart for that to entertain you.
It is one of those rare films where you need to pacify your Attention-Deficit-Disorder-ed self because you don't want to leave the theatre without seeing the end credits roll. In all, this week's big release is a lovely watch, and will leave you by saying, 'Naach Meri Jaan!'
...a fun watch for all those who love dancing. If you have two left feet when it comes to dance then at least get thrilled watching this. Surely, India’s best attempt at a dance film.
...makes for a good viewing and this film will surely find its way to its target audience - the youth, as the film has the right mix of content and visuals in it.
The laziness in the writing just gets more and more obvious as the film progresses – usually in a dance film, you are waiting for the climax because that is often the grand piece, but here is no such yearning because you’ve already had enough by then. To be fair, the finale, though it takes a long time to come, is splendidly done.
Yes, it is a dance film but unlike in a dance reality show or a dance DVD, in a film we need the semblance of a plot. We cannot move from one of piece of choreography to the other with an incongruous narrative. Except the dance sequences, every other element in this film seems like an afterthought.
3D films in Hindi cinema are a rarity. Movies focusing entirely on dance are just as niche. Put the two together and you have a solid proposition for a commercial entertainer. Great looking lead pair, dancing their socks off and the visuals are pretty neat too. ABCD 2 is a dance film that makes its viewer feel like dancing. Michael Jackson would approve!
If you ask me, the performances are not a patch on the earlier movie; they are patchy, not fluid. Moreover, you lose the grip on the movie within the first 30 minutes after you realize that there is no plot to take it further. It's just a push and shove scenario, hoping to get lucky.Nevertheless, for dance freaks, this could prove to be a good outing.
Audience Reviews for ABCD 2
when comparing to first part ,it is dull movie
The place where Dancers turns out to be Actors and Actors can come out as Dancers!
The movie will resembles with names like, Anybody Can Dance, Anybody Can Direct, Anybody Can Act.
The highlight points in the movie are Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhu Deva.
It’s a Dance-Movie which is a second installment in Choreographer-turned-Director Remo D’souza, story is more in quantity than the first movie. We all know that the dancers can dance seamless, but Actors like Varun and Shraddha proved themselves with their hard work and dedication towards dancing. All teamwork improvised the movie to great extent.
I hate those people who compare this franchise with Step Up and other dancing movies. But they forgets that those are Hollywood movies showing Hollywood talent which is more at their side but people actually forgets that we are Bollywood and less I quantity as compared with them. We can’t compare, we should not compare! The best is best at their own level!
3D was enough used and looks better in closeup shots. All the wide-shots during Group Dance sequences felt like 2D only due to camera is far from actual cast.