I was expecting a lot from this movie because of the incessant plugging of Disney Channel for the past month. So I watched it last September 9.
The first scene delivered the usual HSM trademark while singing "What Time is It?": giddy students celebrating. But there are some scenes that are dragging that would make you want to hit the fast forward button. But some sequences are good especially with that of the "I Don't Dance" scene with Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) and Chad (Corbin Bleu).
Personally, I didn't like the sweet/mushy scenes of Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) and Troy (Zac Efron). It annoys the sh*t out of me. So I think High School Musical 1 is way much better than its sequel.