Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Produced by: Don Schain
Written by: Peter Barsocchini
Zac Efron as Troy Bolton
Vanessa Anne Hudgens as Gabriella Montez
Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay Evans
Lucas Grabeel as Ryan Evans
Monique Coleman as Taylor McKessie
Corbin Bleu as Chad Danforth
Olesya Rulin as Kelsi Nielsen
Alyson Reed as Ms. Darbus
Chris Warren Jr. as Zeke Baylor
Bart Johnson as Coach Jack Bolton
Ryne Sanborn as Jason Cross
Kaycee Stroh as Martha Cox
Socorro Herrera as Mrs. Montez
Joey Miyashima as Principal Matsui
Runtime: 93 min / 98 min
Release date: January 20, 2006
On New Year’s Eve, Troy Bolton (Zac Efron) and Gabriella Montez (Vanessa Anne Hudgens) meet and discover their mutual love for music. Later, they discover they attend the same high school and Troy is the star of the basketball team while Gabriella is in with the academic team. When Troy and Gabriella win a callback for the school musical, teen drama queen Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) is pissed. She and her brother Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) have been the lead in 17 school plays. But when the basketball team and the academic group hear of Troy and Gabriella’s callback, they join forces to split them up. When they discover it’s caused far too much upset, they admit their jerkiness to Troy and Gabriella. Then the day of the callbacks, the championship basketball game, and the scholastic decathalon comes (all thanks to Sharpay for demanding a reschedule for the callbacks), Gabriella forgives Troy and they sing “Breaking Free” and win the lead, also to East High winning the championship basketball game.
While shifting channels, I passed by Disney Channel and recognized at once the song from the soundtrack. So I said I might as well go on with the movie. Most of the faces were fresh and it looks like we are going to see more of them in the future.
It wasn’t bad at all, it’s a typical Disney feel good movie. Well, except for the exaggerated acting and obviously benchmarked concept from Grease movies, the movie is fine. Maybe I don’t get along too much with it because I’m older than the target audience. The movie’s objective is transparent enough for us viewers to see, and it was also clearly depicted on the main theme song “Breaking Free”.
One unforgettable scene would be Troy Bolton’s confrontation on his “what if I could do both”, pertaining to basketball and music.
In the real world it’s hard to be recognized because of a status quo. Most high school students could really relate to that. It’s hared to gain identity in a world where everyone seems focused on what they couldn’t see.
No wonder the younger audience made High School Musical their favorite movie. I just know they an relate greatly to Troy and Gabriella. I think it’s OK to put a High School Musical DVD in my collection.