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Feature 3.5
Video 4.0
Audio 4.0
Special Features 5.0
Total 4.0
Distributor: Sony
Classification: M15+
Minutes: 84 minutes
Reviewer: Hannah Lee

4.0


Stomp the Yard: Homecoming

When it comes to hardcore dance competitions, the winners seem to be the ones who exceed expectations, break convention and have the capacity to astound and inspire audiences. Then there are those competitors who make everyone feel awkward by performing so poorly. Same goes for movies that are centred on dance, and unfortunately, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is not a winner. 

Chance (Collins Pennie) is a talented dancer trying to make ends meet by helping his single-father pay for his college fees. While his attempt to make money from underground dance battles leads him into trouble with a dangerous street gang, Chance invests all his hope into a step competition during homecoming weekend at his university. Up against dance teams representing different fraternities across the country, competition is tough, but not as tough as Chance’s rival fraternity within his own university and the issues he has with his father and his girlfriend. 

As a dance movie, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming provides an adequately simple premise – an underdog dancer gets a shot at something big in a competition and has to prove himself to his cynical father and love interest. What the movie tries to be, however, is something much deeper when it doesn’t necessarily need to be. As much of the excitement and entertaining elements within the film rest in the dancing talent of the cast and the music that accompanies such dance battles, rehearsals and performances, the direction of Stomp the Yard: Homecoming does well in drawing attention to the sharp precision of the choreography and the powerful expressions of passion that naturally comes from the dancers. But as the film tries to fit in too many conflicts within the storyline, the angst, jealousy and testosterone-driven rivalry overshadows the dance scenes and renders them into mere music video interludes as the story becomes too preoccupied in surplus emotional baggage.  

The special features, on the other hand, are a lot more enjoyable to watch. As the cast and crew worked together like a real fraternity to make the movie, the friendships they developed and the hard training they underwent are revealed through behind-the-scenes clips and interviews with the director Rob Hardy and the central actors, Collin Pennie and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. Choreographer Chuck Maldonado also explains the inspiration from which his style and vision for the film’s choreography came from and how this was co-operatively linked to Hardy’s own vision for the film as an edgier and more exciting sequel to the first Stomp the Yard. In addition to this, the special features also include deleted scenes that are essentially alternatives to scenes already in the film. It is evident why such scenes were taken out, as they are just more of the emotional filler that we already see in the film itself.  

If the film had stuck to a more simplified plot and a stronger concentration on the theatrics of dancing, it could probably have gotten away with being a crowd-pleaser. But due to its emotional clutter, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming stomps out any expectations audiences may have had after watching the original and does a disappointing performance.






 
 



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