Center Stage: On Pointe full movie review - a mild merited third or fourth remake of Center Stage
The original film was a knockout about how hopefuls for professional ballet companies are selected to train for possible future job placement.
Some of its top performers, among them Peter Gallagher as the impresario of both companies and Ethan Stiefel as well as Mr. "Divine Stella Abrera" - Saha Radetsky as former star dancers now ballet troupe faculty/artistic masters. They of course shine in both films. The cast works and the photography/editing works to a great extent. Many of the concepts would not be valid in 2000 when the first film was made because this film is about people not used to the culture or the work ethic of the profession primarily complaining about it. In the original film the talented Zoe Saldana did an award winning job of her fictitious character at first the only angry rebel in the group and later its greatest traditional route achiever. Some photography has ghetto language and snobbish rivalry among the students not unlike that behind the scenes in the original but more open and more at the center of the film. Many good points and in some ways compelling all the way through yet not a traditional ballet film for example the pas de deux competition which is the highlight of the film shows the male partners dancing for only seconds barefoot in what seems to be on for television camera work undershirt and underpants but not as traditionally in ballet attire performing a whole sequence.