There are the professional reviews of Derek Hough’s new movie “Make Your Move” from the many various news sources out there currently and then there are the FANS REVIEWS!! We don’t know about you, but, Heidi and I think the FANS reviews of “Make Your Move” are more important and significant. They also get to the “heart of the matter”.
So, let’s begin. Below are some fan reviews of “Make Your Move” being sent to us so far. We’ll both add them as soon as we can, so keep checking back to this post. Again, if you’d like to review “Make Your Move” and have us post it, write to us at Heidi@purederekhough.com or Freeborn09@earthlink.net as Heidi specified in this post. Ok, without further ado….
I went to the first screening today of Make Your Move. I was really excited to see our Derek but honestly, wasn’t expecting much of the movie itself. As most critics are saying, the plot was predictable. I knew he would blow it away on the dancing but was pleasantly surprised by his acting. The character required him to be gritty and I thought he nailed it. Derek’s voice was deeper, he seemed to walk taller and it was funny to hear him sling a few cuss words. I could get into his character and not think I was just watching Derek. He expressed a lot of emotion in his actions and racial expressions and it wasn’t overdone. He pulled back and made it believable.
As for the dancing, his tap was off the charts great. All the dance scenes were fantastic. I especially loved the ending when he is dancing while one of the COBU girls drumming. He and BoA danced well together too and although the critics are saying the “foreplay” scene in cheesy – I loved it. Watch his face when he is taking off her boots…Heidi, I need sceencaps of that pronto! Girls, watch out for that scene! His face pretty much screams LUST
For all Derek Hough fans, this movie is a must. The theater is about 45 minutes away (not bad) and I will go see it again. So proud of Derek. I was a bit worried about it being sort of cringe worthy and it wasn’t at all. I really hope it is theaters for a while. Either way, Derek has shown he can handle a leading man role. I mean really, his first film with a leading lady who didn’t know much English nor couple dancing and their chemistry was HOT.
Went to MYM tonight in Denver Co; I really enjoyed it. True the story line is a little on the “younger” side for me but the acting was decent and believable. The dancing was awesome! Derek is outstanding; some of the best I have seen from him. The tapping was great. Nappytaps out did themselves in the choreography. You can see that Derek Hough gave his all!! If you are a fan of his you will not be disappointed.
From Roseann: “Dance is Love, Love is Dance”
Romeo and Juliet meets Dancing with the Stars and taiko drumming and dance, dance, dance.
I have been looking forward to this opening weekend of Make Your Move for a long time now. In a respect I knew what it would be like because I have watched every trailer and teaser and bit of video that has turned up on youtube or anywhere else. But in a sense I was not prepared at all.
You all know by now that the basis of the story. Donny, a parolee tap dancer from the streets of New Orleans, comes to New York looking for more lucrative dance work and discovers Aya, a Korean taiko drummer and club dancer in the US on a work visa. Their older brothers own rival dance clubs and there is a major feud going on between the two of them, which complicates the love that grows between Donny and Aya.
The most outstanding feature of the movie is of course the dancing. Not only that of Derek and Boa but also the rest of the dancers who provide talented eye candy to enlighten the movie. Boa I knew little about but was favorably impressed with her abilities and how well she adjusted to partner dancing that she had never done before.
Derek was nothing short of phenomenal. I still find it hard to believe that he had never tap danced before this movie, he does it with that much finesse and grace as to look like he has done it all his life. And the romantic dances with Boa are steamy enough to melt the film off the projector. What you love about his dancing on DWTS is well represented here, with and without shirt. LOL
But I was also taken with the story of young love which was warm and sweet and tender. Derek was strong where he should be strong and infinitely gentle when that was called for. And Boa responded shyly to him, which was a contrast to the feistiness of her dance responses to him.
So I was enthused anew by this movie and not disappointed in any way. I only hope that it will go into wider release and be available at a theater closer to me so that I can see it over and over again.
Yesterday was the big day…the day we were all waiting for! I was so excited to be able to attend the first showing of “Make Your Move” on opening day, and…WOW!! Totally UNBELIEVABLE!! I LOVED it…just everything about it! The movie captured me from the beginning to the end. When I first saw Derek’s name appear on the big screen in the opening credits, all of a sudden…reality check…I immediately thought…big-time movie star!! It was just such a drastic change from seeing Derek on TV on stage for DWTS! I’m so used to seeing Derek always being himself; it was so different seeing him play another character! Derek’s dancing…there simply are no words! His tap dancing, and all of his dances and different types of dances throughout the movie…I just watched in complete awe! We all know that Derek is THE most amazing ballroom dancer since that has been his training for so many years, and his contemporary and jazz are equally as sensational. But since the promo clips only represent a small fraction of his dances, I had no idea what I was about to see. From the opening tap number, which left me totally speechless, to the grand finale, Derek’s dancing is off-the-charts outstanding! And the level of difficulty…outrageously high! It is almost unfathomable to think that Derek literally never tap danced in his life, and to see that he trained and learned how to tap dance for this movie in less than three months…totally incomprehensible! I’m just blown away by his extraordinary talent, combined with his tremendous hard work. As for Derek’s acting, he is phenomenal…very natural and authentic. The choreography by Nappytabs is absolutely magnificent and dynamic. The music is delightful. The love story is so sweet and interesting between two different cultures, and the chemistry between Derek and BoA seems so real. Overall, this movie is a perfect combination of everything. Derek’s song “Let Me In” is truly beautiful, and it’s going to be playing in my head for quite some time! I’m still pumped after watching this amazing movie! It’s a must-see for all DH fans! I certainly hope “Make Your Move” becomes a huge success, just like “Dirty Dancing” did! It so deserves it! I’m off to see it again!
Derek, CONGRATULATIONS to you on your debut on the big screen! Theater, TV, live shows, and now movies…the world is yours! Between your multiple talents as a dancer, choreographer, actor, singer, musician, composer, author, artist…you can do it all. Thank you for sharing your extraordinary talents with us, and may you continue to be blessed in everything you do.
I went to see the movie today with my mom and a friend. My friend heard of Derek Hough but didnt know how much. Now she is a huge fan of his now. This movie was amazing in all aspects. The acting. I literally felt the emotions when Derek was acting. He seemed to be very comfortable at what he was doing. His chemistry between him and Boa was just amazing. They really worked awesome together. I felt the love and feelings between them. The dancing from beginning when he was tap dancing on the street of New Orleans to the end with Boa it was amazing. It blew my mind that his feet could go that fast. All the dancers were awesome. Best part to me was when Derek and Boa danced to Let Me In. My heart was beating so fast. And when they were on the floor with the song pausing I could hear my heart beat fast. I was in awe with the drumming. I was like this is amazing. I hope everyone gets out that can and go see it. It was worth traveling a half hour to see the movie. Duane and the casts and choreographers and everyone who worked on this movie did a great job. And Congrats Derek with this Movie. I hope to see more acting form you.
Hello Derek fans!
I live in OC, California and saw Make Your Move today (4/19). I tweeted earlier that my hubby said he would go with me but decided he would ruin my fantasy by being there so I went alone. And he was right! LOL . I really enjoyed the movie much more because I wasn’t worried about what he thought. I needn’t have worried though because the movie was wonderful!! I loved the story, the acting was good (especially Derek) and the dancing was stellar!! I was quite impressed with Derek’s acting, especially for his first film role. He was very natural and conveyed every emotion from anger to love effortlessly. Absolutely loved the dance sequence for Let Me In…beautifully choreographed and performed. He and BoA had such great chemistry. But for the entire film I couldn’t take my eyes off Derek any time he was on screen. He just draws you in. I’m going to try and see it again because I loved seeing him on the big screen. I will definitely purchase the DVD when it becomes available as well. I can’t tell you how excited I was just waiting in my seat for the film to start. I’m so proud of Derek in this film and I hope to see him in many more. Can’t wait to meet him during the MOVE tour this summer and tell him in person! Thanks for reading, and see you on Twitter! jl2285