You know, I can’t honestly sit here and tell you that I’m a huge Camp Rock fan. But I can tell you that I have been exposed enough to the Disney Channel and their regular actors to be a good judge of their shows and production quality. I’ve also, unfortunately seen enough musicals to know if one meets the requirements to be considered good or bad. I have to say that Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam does exactly what everyone hopes a sequel to a movie will do. Be bigger, better, and more of a spectacle than the first film.
In Camp Rock 2, “Mitchie can’t wait to go back to camp and spend the summer making new music with her friends and superstar Shane Gray. But the slick new camp across the lake, Camp Star, has drummed up some serious competition-featuring newcomers Luke (Matthew “Mdot” Finley) and Dana (Chloe Bridges). In a sensational battle of the bands, with Camp Rock’s future at stake, will Camp Star’s flashy production and over-the-top antics win out, or will camp rockers prove that talent, teamwork, and spirit are what truly matter?”
Yes, this could have been Grease 2. It really could have been, believe me. The one thing that keeps that from happening is the return of all of the actors from the original film. And believe me, some of them didn’t have to come back if they didn’t want to. Well it is Disney, so maybe they did contractually. A lot of these stars like Demi Lovato and The Jonas Brothers have gone on to become household names in their own rights. The other thing that keeps it from being a sad mirror image of the original is that it carries the characters and the camp’s story forward. It’s not just an excuse to use the name and bring in a whole new bunch of kids like other movies of this nature will do a lot of times.
New director Paul Hoen has a history of working with dancing youth through his helming of the 80’s hit Kids Incorporated. He successfully takes the reins and steps up the production of the dance numbers and makes them grander and much wider in scope. The difference between the dance numbers in the first movie and this one are unbelievable and on an epic scale. Where in the first movie you had kids dancing in a room or on a small stage for the most part, in this one you get them running around all over climbing on things and taking to a stage the size of something Madonna would have with full lighting and props. Disney definitely succeeded in upping the ante on this movie.
You know, the film is predictable and it’s safe. And for a movie like this, that’s exactly what it’s supposed to be. A whole lot of fun for young teens and tweens (and my wife, of course) to enjoy. Everything is nicely packaged up and in the end everyone learns a lesson. Why shouldn’t there be fun movies like this to help us escape from the doldrums and seriousness of real life every once in a while?
I received the 3-Disc Combo Pack of Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Extended Edition. Disc One is the Blu-ray version which features the movie with Disney Enhanced High Definition Picture And Sound; the Rock-Along; the featurette “Getting To Know Camp Star’s Newest Stars;” and music videos by Camp Rockers From Around The World. Disc Two is the DVD version and only has the Sing-Along on it as an extra. Disc Three is a digital copy of the film.
The formats for the release are AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, and Widescreen. The Language is English. It has French and Spanish subtitles. The aspect ratio is 1.77:1.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam Extended Edition was released in two versions. You’ve got the single disc regular DVD release and the 3-Disc Blu-ray / DVD edition.