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Movie Review: Camp Rock Rocks!

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It was supposedly going to be “The Next High School Musical.” Its soundtrack was supposed to be superb, adding to the Disney goldmine. It was the newest Disney Channel original movie, Camp Rock and it, well, rocked.

The message boards all over various websites are buzzing. Directly after the movie, I went to iTunes to buy four of the original songs (which I’m listening to now.) Camp Rock was really fun to watch. Although getting some negative reviews, a second Camp Rock is rumored to be in the works.

The movie centers around Mitchie (Demi Lovato – said to be the next Miley Cyrus), an aspiring singer who gets invited to a summer music camp. Mitchie’s parents can’t afford it, but her mother (Maria Canals-Barrera) lands the job as the cook. Mitchie is ashamed of the lack of money and lies about how rich she is to impress the Sharpay Evans of the Camp, Tess (Meaghan Jette Martin) leaving her real friend, Caitlyn (Alyson Stoner), out in the cold.

Teaching at the camp is the self-centered, bad-tempered rock star Shane Gray (Joe Jonas). Shane was sent there by his band mates, Nate and Jason (Nick and Kevin Jonas). Shane is obsessed with finding this mystery woman, whose voice he heard that reminded him why he loves music.

The music is excellent. If it weren’t, would I have bought some of the soundtrack? My favorite is “This is Me,” by Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato. The track is absolutely amazing and I probably have listened to it ten times in the past hour. I also bought “Play My Music,” which has been stuck in my head for the last two hours. It is the Jonas Brothers’ song.

“Gotta Find You,” by Joe Jonas, is amazing as well – very poetic and very beautiful. Joe really has a great voice. “We Rock” is the full-cast power song, and turned out to be quite valuable as well.

The acting is great, of course, and Demi is incredible. There is a scene where she is near tears and Joe’s character screams at her and their chemistry is absolutely miraculous. I don’t remember the last time I saw such on-screen chemistry. The pair is adorable together. Both are incredibly talented and Disney is blessed to have them.

Actually, all the Jonas Brothers are good actors, which I was quite worried about. They can sing, but can they act? They definitely can. Meaghan did a terrific job as the mean girl, although the character is getting a bit old. Alyson played the nice best friend well. I wasn’t a huge fan of hers before the movie, but I really like her now. I like Maria a lot. She is also the mother of the Russo sibling in Wizards of Waverly Place, staring Selena Gomez.

One thing I didn’t like was how little they had Kevin and Nick Jonas in it. Supposedly, they weren’t originally in the movie ad were put in specifically for Kevin and Nick. Still, I loved their characters. Kevin had this really dumb character who complained throughout the movie that he wanted Joe’s character to build him a birdhouse (which he never did.) He was a little out there, but I loved Kevin’s character. He was hilarious. Nick’s character was awesome too, and I am very impressed by his acting. I was under the impression that their characters would be bigger.

Some people might say that this movie is just a High School Musical rip-off, but it really wasn’t. The major similarities was Meagan’s character trying to be Ashley Tisdale’s Sharpay Evans from High School Musical, and it’s a Disney musical movie. It had much more variety in its music (Hip hop, rock, pop, and R&B). If it ripped off anything, it’s Raise Your Voice, starring Hilary Duff. These two movies have very similar plots. However, I really did like this movie. If it had Corbin Bleu in it, I think it would have been better than High School Musical in my book.

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  • lila

    The Jonas Brothers are awsome! Demi was great too! i’ve seen the movie about 3 times now!!!!! i can’t wait for Camp Rock 2, i heard Frankie Jonas is going ot be in it. that will be soo cool, andNick and Kevin will have bigger parts!

  • Ruth

    Camp Rock was AWESOME I really loved it and to tell you the truth is is the next HSM and I can’t wait for Camp Rock 2

  • http://blogcritics.org/mt/tb/78227) leslie

    I love camp rock, I thought it was amazing.. and joe is soooo hott!

  • Tony

    The movie was horrible. The acting was terrible. This wasn’t rock. I understand that the Jonas Brothers have fans even though their singing sounds like a high pitch whine, but, that doesn’t mean they can act. Saying the movie was good is like saying the Elvis Presley movies of the 1960’s were good. Anyone with a trained eye knows those are some of the worst movies ever made. The biggest difference is that Elvis was a good singer.

  • abigail

    Okay – who picked the outfits the people where in this movie. They were wearing mom pants and those baggy shirts (that no teen would be caught in) and the shoulder twitch everytime they sang… horrible.

    Mitchie (Demi) is terrible at being the poor girl going to camp – did you see her bedroom at the beginning??? The amount of clothes and the size of her bedroom didn’t say poor little thing to me.

    And … SHE was the mean one – arrogant and nasty. The bad girl couldn’t dance at all and you could see right through her ‘top’ in the last number – I do hope she had leggings or pants on !!

    Yuck.

  • lexi

    this movie rocks!!!!

  • B.

    This movie SUCKS. I had been hoping to see it because I thought it would actually be good, but it was terrible. The next HSM? I don’t think so! I’m not even a fan of High School Musical, but I’d pick that over Camp Rock any day. It isn’t even rock music! Just the same old pop.

    Listen, all of you who haven’t seen it yet, don’t! If you do, it’ll just be a wast of time you could have spent on a GOOD movie.

  • SmashKai

    Actually, I haven’t seen the movie, but I know that it sucks… badly. I can’t even listen to the commercials. ‘The Jonas Brothers, the GREATEST ROCK BAND ON EAARTH!! GROUP HUG!!’ Now I don’t think Ozzy Osbourne would say Group hug, least I hope so…

  • Naomi

    Dude, they’re not even ROCK! Listen to AC/DC, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N’ Roses…they are ROCK to the greatest.
    They put them disney channel idiots to shame.

  • pauline

    …i realy camp rock…..ang ganda tlaga..!!! weeehhhhhhhhHHhhHH…!!!

  • mrs.jonas

    the jonas brothers rock and the movie rocks all the way it might not be the best movie ever but although it is the best after tinatic and some others and no one could be as good as demi in the movie she was gr8 and i dnt care wht anyone thinks but its even better than hsm or any other disney channel movie !!!! JB forever

  • lalala^^

    I like the movie well enough, but is it just me or it feels they did it in a rush?? no effort.

    rather than making a sequel, they should fix the first one and release it again.

    also, demi can’t act. joe jonas was better than her.

  • Morgan

    Really good, I think Alyson Stoner should of song in it because she has a great voice. Please make a camp rock 2. Please get Alyson to sing in camp rock 2 if your making one.

  • talia

    camp rock is kind off cool but alyson stoner should sing in camp rock because she has a great voice and she is also great at dancing. demi is a great singer but she not a good dancing she needs be a in dance classer and she also needs to stop acting out that she is poor and she wears some uncool clohting and tess tyler is a great acter in camp rock. please please make a camp rock 2

  • SimpLy_Uniqu3

    if yall feel the need to leave negative remarks take it some where else please..For starters everyone knows Alyson Stoner is a great dancer but her voice is a little soft, not sayings anythings wrong with it..but anyways..Demi is a great Singer mad talent and some of yall think she cant dance..Put a great Dance (Alyson Stoner) and a great Singer (Demi Lovato)together thats a very dangerous Group of mad talent..They could learn from each other!

  • my_lcd

    hi joe i am aleena i love you please read my massage and SING a song for me ‘THIS IS ME’THANKU tack care buy

  • my_lcd

    ho joe u so cute love u