Director: Paul Hoen
Writer: Dan Berendsen/Karin Gist/Regina Y. Hicks/Paul Brown/Julie Brown
Producers: Kevin Lafferty/Alan Sacks
Starring: Demi Lovato/Joe Jonas/Nick Jonas/Kevin Jonas/Meaghan Martin
BBFC Certification: U
Duration: 104 minutes
Disney Channel hit back with a sequel to the musical Camp Rock with Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. The movie takes place a year after Camp Rock and is about Mitchie who returns to said place with her friends to find out that there’s a new camp open across the lake called Camp Star. As you may guess, they both soon start to get in a little competition and decide to settle the score once and for all in a final jam X-Factor style, performing in front of millions of viewers live on television and whoever gets the most votes win. Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam is actually a very pleasant surprise as it’s an improvement from the first one on everything and it’s actually a little enjoyable. The plot might be just as cheesy and just as bad as Camp Rock and a little stretched but it’s a Disney Channel musical movie so if you expected different, you will be disappointed. The sequel’s story is much better and improved and actually felt like a proper movie and not a bunch of people singing songs randomly. Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam has the original cast from Camp Rock and they’re much better. Demi Lovato, who plays Mitchie, can be bad sometimes but she did have her moments and the same can be said for The Jonas Brothers, who have also improved a lot.
The characters are better written and this time round, the other two brothers from The Jonas Brothers actually have a part in the movie whereas in Camp Rock, they were hardly in it or hardly got involved in any part of the movie. Mitchie and the other characters are more tolerable this time round but Tess the ‘diva’ and the characters from Camp Star are too irritating. The script and the writing has quite a few weak moments but there were a couple of good scenes. Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam not only has a better story but it also has better songs and dances and there are some songs that are actually catchy (although there is one song that sounds way too familiar to Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours which is sang by one of the Jonas Brothers). The singing has improved from the first movie and The Jonas Brothers sound a little better this time but I still think that Demi Lovato can’t sing properly. She screams and shouts her lines when she sings. It’s not bad in the first minute of the song but as it kicks in, she starts shouting and screaming the notes and you constantly have the remote control in your hand, with your thumb on the volume buttons. With the first Camp Rock, it felt like it was trying too hard to be the new High School Musical and really pushed the boat to try and overtake the popularity and success of High School Musical, however it failed to impress. With the sequel, it could easily rival the successful High School Musical and is very easily better than Camp Rock.
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam might be better than the first movie but that doesn’t mean it’s a good movie, it’s average at best. In this sequel, you can actually see that they’ve tried to improve the movie from the first one and while it does pay off, the movie is instantly forgettable, even if there are a couple of songs that aren’t bad. The messages in the movie is crystal clear and it’s your usual Disney message of working together as a team and how you should stick together, no matter what. If you were a fan of the first movie or like Disney Channel shows and movies like High School Musical or Hannah Montana, then the chances are that you may like this. If you’ve missed it then don’t worry because Disney Channel has repeated the movie four times every day so far so you won’t miss it so easily. If you’re a parent and you’re watching this with your children, you may find it alright but it’s something you couldn’t watch again. I couldn’t watch it again, just thinking about it is making me cringe a little.