Because the first two films in the Cheetah Girls film series were so successful, a third one was made. This one, titled One World, doesn’t even feature the most prominent actress from the previous two films, Raven Symoné. Symoné dropped out so that she could spend her time recording another album, as well as to film College Road Trip.
Now, without its biggest star and a $25 million budget, The Cheetah Girls: One World got made. Yet again, it was a made-for-TV movie that was put out by Disney. The other three stars, Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams all return. This time, the Cheetahs head to India to star in a Bollywood movie. The catch being that the producer of the film only wants one of them, meaning the other two have to head home, despite the fact that the director told them that they all could appear.
So, we have conflict right off the bat. This is about the most positive thing that I can say about One World. The characters actually have reasons for acting the way that they do. This is good, because it means we can, at the very least, figure out why everything that is happening does occur.
Or, at least we can see the motivation behind the character’s actions. Some of the events, on the other hand, have no rhyme or reason behind them. The most obvious and up-front example of this is the numerous musical numbers throughout. If you weren’t aware–and hadn’t seen the previous two Cheetah Girl films–the films are musicals.
In One World, the musical numbers often times seem out-of-place. In a good musical, they are integrated properly so that it makes sense as to why characters are singing, and you hardly even notice the shift. That doesn’t happen in this film, and instead, it is really apparent when songs begin. Sometimes, this is covered up by the context in which they take place within. The Cheetahs, as I understand it, are a singing group, and having them audition multiple times gives them a reason to sing.
However, there are times where they, and the people around them, will burst into song and dance, seemingly without cause. There is even one audition scene where the people auditioning the Cheetahs join in part way through, and then they just stop after a while, while the Cheetahs continued. It’s an odd situation, and it is a jarring transition from the attempted drama that the rest of the film revolves around.
And this begins the second problem with One World, the interactions between the characters. To begin with, their relationships all seem shallow; even the relationships that the Cheetah Girls have with one another don’t seem to be all that strong. They seem more than willing to ditch one another to either get a boyfriend or win the part in the film, making me question their commitment to the group.
Something else I question is why we should be rooting for these people. They’re all unlikable, spoiled characters who act like they rule the world. Their dialogue all comes off like they don’t actually care about anyone else in the film, and are only worried about themselves. These are characters that I really would never want to meet, let alone cheer for in a film.
The story also seemed very predictable, never actually surprising me. Once a scene started, it wasn’t hard to figure out how it would end. Nothing will shock you, but nothing will make you think either. It’s an empty film, both in content and depth of content. There isn’t anything that will make you think, and there isn’t really much there to keep you entertained.
This leads me to the biggest problem with One World. The film is just too boring to be worth a watch. Maybe if I had cared about and seen the previous films I might have had a larger interest in this one. This film didn’t make me care though, even if the story is largely unrelated from the previous two. I can only assume that any character development would have already taken place, as there wasn’t any in this film. Even the songs, which should be entertaining, weren’t. Even if it isn’t your type of music, good musicals will still entertain you with their songs. One World doesn’t.
I do realize that I’m not in the target demographic for this film, and I also realize that not seeing the first two movies in the Cheetah Girls series likely already put me at a disadvantage when it comes to watching One World. Regardless, the film didn’t impress me. It was boring, the music often didn’t fit into the context of what was happening on-screen, and none of the characters made me care about them. It’s a waste of time to watch this film, and the only reason to watch it is if you plan on mocking it with friends.