The big weekend is finally here! After me babbling on about a little documentary I saw at Sundance called STEP some of America finally gets to see it! I’ve actually had the chance to see it twice: once at Sundance and once at an event for the Utah Film Center, and I look forward to seeing it many more times when it opens in Utah 8/18. STEP may be a sweet documentary to some but for me it is why I go to the movies. It really spoke to me and it might sound cheesy but it made me feel better about this crazy world we live in.
Here’s the trailer:
A few months ago I shared that trailer with a friend of mine and she said ‘I don’t like dance movies’. Let me tell you what I told her- this is not a dance movie. Much like Hoop Dreams wasn’t about basketball, STEP is not about dance. STEP is about 3 girls in Baltimore and the community that helps get them to college.
The three girls are named Blessin, Cori and Tayla and each of them face different struggles. They are all students at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women that is admittedly owned by the director Amanda Lipitz’s mother. This school caters to inner city Baltimore girls and graduated its first crop of seniors in 2015-2016 (the year we follow).
In 6th grade Blessin started a step dance troupe but was unable to compete during her junior year because of poor grades. She also has a mother with severe mental health problems. On the other side, Cori is a book worm who dreams of getting into John Hopkins and becoming a doctor despite growing up in a family that can’t pay for power. Tayla has a mother who works as a cop and see’s the worst the city has to offer.
The documentary then follows these girls for a year and we see teachers, coaches, administrators and parents all fight for them to achieve their dreams. Both times I saw it the crowds cheered at the end and how wonderful to cheer for real life and not imaginary superheroes for once? I got to meet Coach G at the Utah Film Center screening and she was awesome. Just as real and down to earth as you’d think from the movie. Roger Ebert said about Hoop Dreams “A film like “Hoop Dreams” is what the movies are for. It takes us, shakes us, and make us think in new ways about the world around us. It gives us the impression of having touched life itself.”
That’s how I feel about STEP. 2017 has been a great year for movies. I loved films like Wonder Woman or Dunkirk but nothing has wowed me like STEP. Nothing else, you might say, has ‘touched life itself’.
GO SEE STEP! You won’t regret it!
Overall Grade- A+
16 thoughts on “STEP Review”
Awesome review! I had never even heard of this documentary, but now I’d very much like to see it.
Yay! That’s what I hope to do on this blog is introduce people to these great films. Let me know what you think
Shame 2017 hasn’t been a great year for animations – so far!
Anyway … Can’t wait to see STEP – sounds like a great film!! 😊
I cant wait to hear what you think
Also, I’m going on holiday tomorrow and we always go to the cinema as a family and we’ve narrowed it down to Emoji Movie, Cars 3 and Captain Underpants. Which did you prefer?
I kinda want to see the Emoji Movie to see if it’s THAT bad 😂
Definitely Captain Underpants! If you see Emoji buy tickets to CU and sneak into Emoji. Don’t give them your money
Lol 😊 – I probably would have gone with Captain Underpants because my family hated Cars 1 & 2 so I don’t think 3 would have been any better 😀.
I liked Cars 3 quite a bit but go see Captain Underpants. It needs it!
Just saw Captain Underpants and REALLY enjoyed it! Loved the different forms or animations used and I thought the use of adults to voice children would really annoy me but it really didn’t 😂.
Thanks for the recommendation!
Yay! That makes me feel like I’m doing something positive. I’m so glad you liked it