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(August 26, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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Like most girls out there, I managed to watch the premier of High School Musical 2 on Saturday night. I have to admit that I actually liked it a bit better than the first for a variety of reasons. I liked the first High School Musical, but High School Musical 2 just struck me as a tiny bit better, and here’s why.

It’s More Realistic

Having done a bit of high school, I’ll tell you that East High School has very little to do with reality, but that’s okay. The movie isn’t really about reality. That being said, High School Musical 2 (HSM2) seemed a bit more real to me. Sure the settings were a bit too clean cut and characters were exaggerated, but that’s just a musical for you.

The relationships between characters seemed deeper. It wasn’t quite so happy go lucky. There was joy, there was sadness, and Troy had some real depth to him. The first gave him about an inch of depth (“Hey, let’s go to my thinking spot while I decide if I can sing a song.”) The second gave him a solid foot (“Hey, I’m becoming a complete jerk but I must decide what is more important – my future or my friends.”)

It’s Got Good Angst

Making decisions and dealing with the drama of life is the stuff teen novels and movies are made of. “Angst,” as in teen angst is the term that universally covers all of the drama of life. The first High School Musical had us entertained with people trying to break out of cliques and stereotypes. The second actually had us guessing a few times about who was the good guy and who was the bad guy.

There were some songs and scenes that tugged at the old heart strings. Without giving too much away for those who haven’t seen the show yet, Troy makes a fool of himself and hurts Gabriella in a big way. They are adorable together and then…they aren’t.

Sharpay is up to her usual tricks, but this time she is even more devious. And to top it all off she not only is out to hurt the usual Wildcat crowd, she stomps on some family toes along the way. Ryan, Sharpay’s brother, gains a real personality in this sequel and becomes something of a leader rather than Sharpay’s pet. It’s very interesting and heartwarming to watch.

There is More Song Variety

Finally, and this is a personal reason, I liked High School Musical 2 better because the songs were better. There was more variety. The first movie had mostly upbeat, peppy songs, but HSM2 had some deep and thoughtful songs. (At least deeper and more thoughtful than the first – they didn’t rival “Hopelessly Devoted” by a long shot.)

There is the usual love song created for Troy and Gabriella, but the couple also gets a rather moving duet off the stage. Troy also gets a powerful solo as he tries to come to grips with what he has become and the difficult decisions he faces.

I don’t have any of the songs memorized yet, but I did record the movie. I’ll probably watch it a few more times just to make sure I get at least one song stuck in my head for a few weeks. Plus Troy’s got a haircut and I’m a fan of the new look.


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Keanelover1289

21/Female
Posted On: August 28, 2007
I liked HSM, but I haven't seen HSM 2 yet. HSM wasn't bad, but it wasn't my favorite either. That spot's reserved for Wicked and The Music Man.

--Storm
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SilverLily22

25/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: August 28, 2007
I saw HSM2 and I didn't like it all that much. It was kind of cliche. Well, the first one was cliche too, but at least it had good music. None of the songs from the second one stuck with me. The first one was kind of like Grease only toned down for ten year olds, but it was cute. This one was...not so great.
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pumpkinlover1

22/Female
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Posted On: August 28, 2007
High School Musical is NOT a Musical!!!! ugh. i hate HSM and HSM2 their both really bad if u ask me
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savvypunk

105/Female
Puyallup, WA
Posted On: August 28, 2007
Honestly i really don't like high school musical PERIOD.

I never liked it. I don't like "Hannah Montana" either there all FAKE i tell you. FAKE. xD
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ilovezelda

24/Female
Lake Elsinore, CA
Posted On: August 27, 2007
Meh, thats what I say. Meh. Hsm2, come on did we really need one?

Hsm was fine. Happy go lucky, yup thats the new idotic "I love it!" kind of variety for kids these days. But! A hsm2? Spare me the drama advertising and so on.

I liked hsm well enough, the music was kind of catchy and it didnt need a two. Yet they did it. Hsm2 has opened my eyes. Now I know if it isnt something awesome like firefly, dont get yourself worked up.

Anyways, thats my opinion. You all have a right to your opinions and so do I. Have a nice day I'm off to read firefly scripts. Toodles!......I gotta stop saying that word...
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yoshie

20/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: August 27, 2007
yea like id really watch that!
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 27, 2007
WHEN I SAID 'I' I MEANT TO SAY 'IT'
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: August 27, 2007
OMG I SEEN THE FIRST ONE AND I SUCKED A...Z...Z. I HAVENT SEEN THE 2ND ONE BUT I ALREADY KNO THAT MOVIE SUCKED TO. THEY LIP SING AND THEY CANT ACT OR DANCE
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Italian_Shorti

107/Female
Claymont, DE
Posted On: August 27, 2007
i think it was good

but after wat they had been advertising...

they couldnt possibly live up to the commrcials and promos.

and it was sorta like grease 2, it was okay, but the original is sooooo much better...just my personal opinion

but zac is still smexii
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Maddie705

20/Female
Willowick, OH
Posted On: August 27, 2007
I like HSM2 better cause...yea!Its realistic!Its not Happy,Peppy,so perfect highschool.It got Troy almost crying.And its so...realistic,and so.....musical!

XxXMaddieXxX
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CRIMESCENE_

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: August 27, 2007
How can you hate it and at the same time admit it's not bad?

Face the facts.

;]

It sucks.
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its_skiz_not_s

20/Female
Germany
Posted On: August 27, 2007
I hate HSM.

But, I must admit it wasn't that bad.
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: August 27, 2007
HSM2 was awesome. my friend came to school and was all...YAY!! It was funny. anywho i like sharpay when she first finds Ryan with the wildcats.
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scropiodragon7

25/Female
Dobson, NC
Posted On: August 27, 2007
I'll agree that it had its good points, but all movies do. I got bored with it the first time (I wouldn't of watched it if there was anything on.) The first was a little better, but it was still far from the truth.
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virtugirl333

22/Female
Baltimore, MD
Posted On: August 27, 2007
I havn't seen it all yet, but I like the 1st bettr. The 2nd is good, but HSM is...& alwys will be...a classc.
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