Okay, so in case you haven’t heard, High School Musical 2 debuted on the Disney Channel last night to 17.4 Million viewers. That is, just so we’re clear, gigantic. In fact, it is the highest rated cable broadcast in American history. These astronomical numbers are, however, only one particular way of measuring the film’s success.
I’ll be honest: I can’t help but analyze this particular film from a critical level. While I know it is designed for pre-teens, and I get that it isn’t supposed to be “good” by my standards, I still want it to make sense. I have to wonder how many of those viewers will be sticking around for encore viewings: will it be deemed a disappointment by so many fans that its staying power won’t last?
But for now, I can’t help but think that the large number of parents forced to sit through High School Musical 2 had to have realized what I did: that this film, especially in its conclusion, just didn’t make any sense. At all. And, well, here’s some questions I had after watching it.
Why did Troy Become Self-Conscious?
In the first High School Musical, it’s Troy who helps Gabrielle through her big number with his humble charm and bravery. So, then, why is it here that he becomes all “Oh, I’m not a singer” and fumbles his way through everything? While I know he also had issues to get over, I’d think he would have solved that.
Why did Troy’s Voice Change?
I actually know the answer to this one: Zac Efron didn’t actually sing in the first film, but decided to actually do so for High School Musical 2. I figure that the hope is that pre-teen fans will just think his voice changed. A lot. I much prefer it, though, to be honest.
How Quickly can these kids learn Music?
Twice in this film the lead characters learned entire songs within seconds of seeing them. It was frustrating not because it was unbelievable, but because it was inconsistent: in some scenes they were reading from sheet music, and in others they didn’t need it at all. Even if they had read sheet music every little while it would have worked for me. But then in the finale, the song was learned in thirty seconds, at most. Just, no.
How did Monique Coleman get into the “Core 6”?
The actress who plays Taylor must have quite the contract, because she really had nothing to do in this film and yet made it onto all promotional materials and into the final number. Considering her complete lack of screen time, how exactly did this happen? Plus, she’s 27.
How did Troy become a Jerk so Quickly?
Within seriously two scenes Troy went from wholesome hero to complete jerk: while it would be one thing to begrudgingly turn your back on your friends, he actually destroyed Chad for no logical reason.
Why was “Bet on It” So Horribly Choreographed?
I’ll admit, the song is one that feels musically together…but the act surrounding it was awful. Efron pumped his fists to the sky, jumped around, hit a golf ball, got mad at his reflection…but it never felt natural. A lot of the other numbers were part of something, this was just Efron jumping around the golf course. It’s like they had to scrap the original number, so they just took Efron into the desert to shoot this.
Why did Sharpay give Ryan the Trophy at the End?
I don’t get this: Sharpay should have been in no position to pick a winner anyways, Ryan just totally screwed her over, and Ryan didn’t even have anything to do with the act which, apparently, won the competition.
Hey…why was Sharpay nice at all?
While I know that Sharpay and Ryan needed to take part in the closing musical number and all, did they have to become so darn nice? It seemed to me that they did a complete 180, and I don’t think that fits with their characters in the least.
Do you have your own Plot Hole that you can’t quite get over? Or, perhaps, have an answer to one of my own? I’ll be honest, I didn’t see the first film, maybe some of this makes sense. Either way, leave a comment below!