My expectations weren’t met when I watched this movie in theater. I thought Antonio would have grand performances but it turned out he just there to taught non ballroom dancers. However, he had beautiful one in the detention part of a school.
Antonio played Pierre Dulaine (a real person) who had urge to teach ballroom dancing to those who can't afford formal one. As we all know, most of the youth prefer hip-hop or other street dancing than ballroom dancing that was thing he faced in his advocacy.
But apart from that, he also questioned about the importance of his ballroom dancing against formal education taught in school.
In my second time of watching, I realized that it’s not only about dancing just like other movies. It’s also about pursuing what you believe, especially in the world that being hopeless is the “in-thing.” When he was summoned for a meeting about his termination in the school, he calmly explained that ballroom dancing can help students. By dancing, (I think its waltz) he explained to parents, principal and teacher (the one who questioned his presence) that trust is the one value that you could obtained in ballroom dancing. You’ll trust your partner to cooperate with you and you’ll also trust yourself that you can dance.
I’d first admired Antonio Banderas in the Mask of the Zorro together with my crush Catherine Zeta Jones and then in Evita. What I’d like about him is he can act (drama, action and comedy) and dance. Hmmm I forget if he can sing. In this film, he’s conservative and calm. He did not do an award winning performance, but an inspirational and entertaining job. But I still wished that he had more dance performances.
Apart from Dante Basco, a half-Filipino actor and part of Hook, I become aware of Jenna Dewan in here. I concluded that she’s a good dancer the first time I saw her. No wonder few months after Take the lead, I just watched her leading Step Up with her now husband Channing Tatum (star of G.I. Joe).
What I don’t like in the movie is it has poor choreography, especially in tango of three of Sasha (Dewan), Ramos (Basco) and Danjou (Elijah Kelly). It’s wonderful idea that put them altogether. But their dance was not really appealing. And yes, I’m not impressed with some dramatically effects. Over all, I’m only impressed with Pierre (Banderas) and Morgan’s (Katya Varshilas) sexy tango at the detention cell.
I also dislike Basco’s acting (sorry po Kuya) because it’s really not realistic and cheesy scenes.
For 2.5 stars for Take The Lead