Camp Rock

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After creating monster television hits like Hannah Montana and High School Musical 1 and 2, the team of Disney Channel is back with its latest, music-driven project, Camp Rock.

With hot teen idols of the moment, The Jonas Brothers mixed with a young, talented musical cast, and an incredibly foot-tapping soundtrack, Camp Rock lives up to the hype.

There is Mitchie (Demi Lovato) a young girl with an incredible voice who dreams of going to Camp Rock - a place where anyone who wants to be in music will spend at least a summer there - but can't afford to go. Her parents pull some strings to get her in but there is a condition. She has to help mommy in the kitchen.

On the other side of the world, the members of super popular band Connect 3 (The Jonas Brothers) send their lead singer Shane Grey (Joe Jonas) as a guest instructor to Camp Rock to counter his bad boy image in the press.

Land at the camp and it's an extraordinary scenario. This isn't just some camp where kids sit around bonfires. These are kids with musical ambitions. Dancers, hip-hop shakers, guitar wizards, keyboard and turntable experts and more, it's the school of music with a laid back guideline and a trophy to give in the most anticipated night of the summer - final jam.

Now of course, like every high school movie, musical, comedy or otherwise, there is always a mean girl who is, typically, a popular chick with a little clan of her own.

This mean chick is Tess Tyler (Meaghan Jette Martin), the daughter of pop star T.J. Tyler and she, somehow, manages to intimidate Mitchie. Soon Mitchie lies her way in to be in this clique.
On the other side of the camp, Shane hears a girl sing an original tune, which reminds him of what inspired him as a musician and sets out to find her. And so begins the summer at Camp Rock.
Like most high school meets musical films, there are clichés spread all over the place. Mitchie turning into the clone of Tess Tyler, lying about her true self, the rocker Shane Grey being this really 'nice' guy, Tess being the ultimate diva in the house... it goes on.

Another low point is no one really comes out admitting their issues. Mitchie admits to her cooked up stories about her mom being the president of Hot Tunes in China only after she is cornered while Tess loosens up only after fumbling onstage.

But despite the clichés, the film works.
Firstly because the music is so good, even if a tad cheesy. It's the music that carries the film forward. The number, 'Who Will I Be' plays as a duet, acoustic and a full-fledged poppy tune on three different scenes and works every time.

'Hasta La Vista' is the thumpy, dance number that is a must-hear. Pretty much everything on the soundtrack plays well into the theme of the film.

Secondly, it's the cast. Demi Lovato as the brilliant but intimidated underdog is one everyone roots for. It's like a natural reaction because her character is so lovable. Plus she has a beautiful voice and it is a delight to watch her song.

Then there are the stars of the moment: The Jonas Brothers. While Kevin and Nick Jonas make appearances time and again, its Joe Jonas who is the other star of the film. Disney's favourite boy acts well, probably because it's the story of his life in many ways. The young boys who recently picked up awards at MTV Video Music Awards as well as American Music Awards are all the rage, especially with their vow to celibacy in the world of rock 'n' roll.

In the end, Camp Rock is a film that should be seen for its addictive music and for all those who love The Jonas Brothers.

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