"Get me Honey
Spotted in a nightclub by high profile director Michael Ellis
(Moscow), Honey Daniels (Alba) is asked to dance is his next music video.
Michael quickly realises that he has a real talent on his hands and gives
Honey her dream job as his dance choreographer. As she starts to become
famous, Honey decides to put her fame to good use and bring dance to her
New York community.
In the 1980s Flashdance, Footloose, Fame and even Breakdance
brought dancing to the big screen and Honey is the first attempt of the
new millennium to re-ignite that craze. The problem is that the complete
lack of the plot throws a bucket of water over that tender flame.
While the aforementioned movies didn't excel in the story
department either, Honey feels more lacking than any of them. Characters
and subplots are forgotten about and left dangling throughout, with only
Honey's main plotline having any real development and even that isn't much.
The film does come into its own during the dance sequences however with
local kids showing their skills.
Most men would gladly watch Jessica Alba writing her shopping
list for ninety minutes, so the image of her in skimpy, tight fitting clothing
getting jiggy with it could be what dreams are made of. She is extremely
beautiful and very talented, so it is a shame that the script only concentrates
on her physical and dancing attributes and not on her acting ability. There
is nothing really to challenge her here meaning that it probably won't be
the highest movie on her résumé when she auditions for a more dramatic role.
The story doesn't really give much to the supporting cast
with David Moscow as Michael Ellis and Lil' Romeo as Benny having the largest
roles. Mekhi Phifer is wasted as Honey's love interest Chaz but there are
cameos from Hip Hop stars such as Missy Elliott to please fans of the music.
Trying to bring the dance movie back for a new generation
could have been achieved with a better screenplay but while Honey has the
moves in the dance sequences, it just trips and falls everywhere else.
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a choice of
Dolby Digital 5.1 and dts soundtracks, the transfer is very good, as you
would expect from a modern film. The picture quality is sharp throughout
with no pixelation, even during the energetic dance sequences. The sound
is excellent throughout with good dialogue from the centre speakers but
the sound comes into its own during the nightclub, music video and finale
as the soundtrack fills the room.
The Inside Scoop: Feature commentary with Jessica Alba
and director Billie Woodruff
This chatty and fun commentary comes from two people who really believed
in the project. Director Billie Woodruff and Jessica Alba talk passionately
about the movie revealing that they took their inspiration from 'Flashdance'.
They discuss casting and working with Missy Elliot, Tweet and the other
Hip-Hop stars that make an appearance in the movie. Jessica reveals that
Sheek was a really big fan of 'Dark Angel' and wouldn't talk to her at first
and Billie tells everyone that David Moscow was the boy from 'Big'. The
director also talks about the difficulties in making Toronto and L.A. look
like New York and Jessica talks about the different revealing outfits she
had to wear for the shoot.
Behind the Grove: The Making of Honey (10.56 mins)
Director Billie Woodruff, producers Andre Harrell and Marc Platt, costume
designers Susan Matheson and O'Neal McNight, dance choreographer Laurie
Ann Gibson, music producer Rodney Jerkins and stars Jessica Alba, Mekhi
Phifer, Lil' Romeo, Missy Elliot, Tweet and Joy Bryant talk about bring
Honey to the big screen. Comparing the film to 'Flashdance', the cast and
crew discuss the feel and tone of the movie and how it relates to Hip-Hop
Deleted Scenes (33.16 mins)
Entitled "Original Opening", "Long version of Alley Dancers", ""Honey practices
dancing in her apartment", "Record Store Costumer", "Louie and Honey in
Record Store", "Original first scene between Honey and her Mother", "Honey
struggles to be a dancer/Michael spots Honey in a club", "Honey quits but
teaches one last class", "The making of Tweet: 'Hypnotic' video", "Benny
and Raymond meet Tweet", "Honey receives a watch and tries to return it",
"Honey worries because she has nowhere to rehearse with the kids", "Michael
calls Honey", "Honey tries to apologise to Gina", "Sleazy Video audition"
and "Chaz and Kids restore the church", a lot of these deleted or extended
scenes could have easily been put back into the movie. A director commentary
or introduction would have helped to explain why these scenes were changed
Outtakes (4.07 mins)
This collection of amusing outtakes reveals how Jessica Alba can't eat pizza
and that you avoid been on the end of a slap from her.
Make Your Movie: Dance Like Honey (9.05 mins)
The movie's choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson teaches you how to dance 'Honey's
style'. This step-by-step guide will have to hip-hop dancing within ten
Exclusive Music Videos from Honey
Watch the Jessica Alba/Honey starring videos, Jadakiss and Sheek "J.A.D.A."
(2.13 mins) and Shaun Desman "Sexy" (2.13 mins).
In the mix with Blaque: Go behind the scenes of Blaque's
music video (6.35 mins)
Blaque take you behind the scenes of their first music video co-starring
Jessica Alba and Missy Elliot. Choreographer Hi Hat takes you through the
routines the girls will be using throughout the shoot.
Blaque 'I'm Good' Music Video (4.37 mins)
Watch the completed Blaque video.
A very average dance movie receives a very good DVD treatment
from Universal. With good featurettes, especially Make Your Move: Dance
Like Honey, music videos and a very entertaining commentary this is a very
entertaining package for fans of the film. Throw in all the deleted scenes
and you a rare instance of the DVD making the movie more enjoyable. This
is a good buy for fans and now quite a good rent for anyone else who like
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