'Honey 3: Dare to Dance' [Blu-ray + DVD]
(Cassie Ventura, Dena Kaplan, Sibo Mlambo, Bobby Lockwood, Kenny Wormald, et al / Blu ray+DVD+Digital HD / PG-13 / 2016 / Universal Studios Home Entertainment)
Overview: While attending college in Cape Town, Melea Martin feels constrained by the school's strict policies, and decides to set out on her own. Searching for a way to use her talents as a dancer and inspire the community around her, Melea rents a failing theater in order to put on a Hip-Hop Romeo and Juliet performance.
Blu ray Verdict: Let me begin with saying that I do love dance movies, even though how cheesy the acting may be I like to watch people dancing. And I believe that I've seen most of these type of movies and for those who are like me would agree (I'd like to think) when I say that throughout the movie the main dance crew was far from anything close to a dance troupe of any reputable co-ordination value.
That minor, yet personal gripe aside, I loved the original 'Honey' (2003), found the sequel 'Honey 2' (2011) more, and much too frequently focused on its lead (but the movie itself was just as great), but this third in the series is, well, just not as good. Diluted in energy throughout the series, in MHO, 'Honey 3: Dare To Dance' is still packed with dance scenes, but the story line seems to be holding it back this time around.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment's 'Honey 3: Dare To Dream' - starring Kenny Wormald, Dena Kaplan, and Cassie Ventura is directed by Bille Woodruff, who does a rather brilliant job with what was to hand, of that have no doubt. Containing more cumulative dance time than any other movie in the series, once again the actors are very cute, good looking, well built, athletic, and can actually dance. No doubles as in 'Dirty Dancing' here, nope, just well groomed, fit actors/dancers aplenty. Which, for these kind of movies, is a HUGE plus for the viewer.
As for the movie's plot, well, as noted above, at a prestigious South African school, Melea (Cassie Ventura) and her boyfriend imagine a hip-hop version of Romeo and Juliet, but Melea's dreams are dashed when she's unable to pay tuition and is forced to leave. Determined to fulfill her destiny, she does the unthinkable – persuades the community to support her artistic and unique vision.
When adrenaline-filled rehearsals cause dance crew rivals and egos to get in the way, everything falls apart. Once again, Melea dares to dream and risks it all to put on a performance they'll never forget. Chock full of incredible dance moves, romantic love triangles and heart-pumping music, and luckily for all concerned once again from the Director of 'Honey' and 'Honey 2', 'Honey 3' is ready for your viewing, and dancing pleasure. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the special features of:
Feature Commentary with Director Billie Woodruff
Extended Dance Sequences
Behind the Dance: The Making of Honey 3
South African Backdrop: Learn how Cape Town’s extraordinary energy and culture contributed to the feel of Honey 3: Dare to Dance
Battle Dakota Club: Cast and Crew break down the big dance battle at the Dakota Club.
Digital Copy of Honey 3: Dare to Dance
Official Movie Website