The latest Jennifer Lopez film, “SHALL WE DANCE” is now available on dvd, courtesy of BUENA VISTA. It’s the kind of film that viewers will either love or hate. There’s little room for “in-between”. The type of viewer that was willing to suspend disbelief for the unrealistic but moving romance of “PRETTY WOMAN” will undoubtedly love this film. “SHALL WE DANCE” is a remake of the Japanese film with the same name.
Lopez is,…well…she’s Lopez. She’s just not that good. However, Richard Gere is terrific and so is the supporting cast. Gere plays decent but dull guy, desperately in need of finding something that will push and inspire him to find the magic that’s missing in his otherwise “nuclear family-like” life. His moment of inspiration comes when he spots a pretty dancer in a window of a dance studio. After joining up for classes, he meets Lopez as his instructor as well as the great supporting cast. Many of these characters and their individual stories make the film teeter-totter on a fine line between entertaining and “GARY MARSHAL-like” drivel. But, ultimately, they work!
Helping to keep the film from becoming bogged down in syrup, is direction from the very capable Peter Chelsom. He manages to create and maintain magic in scenes that could easily have lost it.
BUENA VISTA has preserved the film’s 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. Colors are solid. There’s great detail throughout. While some moments are intentionally dark, the contrast is superb offering great clarity in even the darkest moments. Fleshtones appear natural.
A commentary track is offered. But, Chelsom’s musings are pretty ho-hum throughout.
A “Deleted Scenes” section offers a terrific alternate opening sequence.
Also included are a “behind-the-scenes” featurette and a music video for “SWAY” performed by Carmen Electra’s burlesque dancers, “THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS” but without Electra.