Summer … Summer … Summer

I don’t know about you, but the beginning of my summer breaks has always been defined by the iconic movie “High School Musical 2.” If you have never seen this film, you are surely missing out.

According to IMDb, the plotline is as follows: “School’s out for summer and the East High Wildcats are ready to make it the time of their lives after landing jobs in a wealthy country club owned by Sharpay and Ryan’s family.” Being the second film in the High School Musical trilogy, we follow the same characters that we met in the first film. They include Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Taylor, Kelsi, Zeke, Martha and Jason.

There is so much more to this film that would be impossible to cover in less than 600 words. From the iconic song “What Time Is It?” that made our generation silently chant at the clock on the last day of school to the short Miley Cyrus cameo in “All for One” to Ashley Tisdale’s killer acting skills as Sharpay, this movie has it all.

Seeing that the word “musical” is quite literally in the title of this film, I think it’s only fitting to go through some of my favorite songs and express my thoughts. The first one that stands out to me is none other than “Fabulous,” sung by Ms. Sharpay Evans. Aside from being catchy, the performance of it within the film is top tier. The piano in the pool that Ryan plays always makes me laugh, as well as when Sharpay sees Troy at the end of the song. She then goes on to realize that his entire Wildcat friend group is now working at the country club, much to her dismay. I also love how the bright colors work together in the scene, from the dominance of pink to the yellow umbrellas/lounge chairs to the blue pool. Overall, 10/10.

Another song I absolutely love in “High School Musical 2” is “You Are the Music in Me,” sung by Troy and Gabriella. I’ve always shipped their characters, so this one definitely made my 7-year-old-self swoon. Even now at the age of 21, I still thoroughly enjoy this song, and while listening to it would belt out all the lyrics in a heartbeat.

Another duet they did that will always have a special place in my heart is “Everyday.” As I mentioned previously, I’ve always shipped Troy and Gabriella, so of course this reunion song at the end of the movie would make me emotional. From the beat to the lyrics to the beautiful blue and white color scheme, I always feel a sense of joy watching them mend their relationship after (spoiler!) briefly breaking up earlier in the film.

To conclude, “High School Musical 2” will always kick off each summer season for me, even when I graduate from SHU next year. I can’t wait to watch it after my last final exam next week, and I hope my editorial has inspired you to do the same. Until next time, Wildcats!

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