Nicholas Galitzine plays a violinist busking in the New York subway who encounters a classical dancer (Keenan Kampa) on scholarship at the Manhattan Conservatory of the Arts. With the help of a hip hop dance crew, they must find a common ground while preparing for a competition that could change their lives forever. (PG – 97 minutes)
If you are seeing “High Strung” for its dynamic dance numbers, then you are bound to be sufficiently satisfied and even energized. If you are seeing it for its sophisticated story and complex characters, then you have clearly overestimated the capacity and function of dance flicks. That is to say that although the new movie features some spectacular sequences of choreographed movement that marries hip-hop and classical ballet, it is underwhelming in most other areas due to its dependence on stereotypes and cliches. Having said that, the target audience of young aspiring dancers and musicians will likely leave the theater with a pep in their step and a smile on their face.