On Sunday night I had the opportunity to take my daughter to see the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour 2008 movie.
With the exception of Dave (who is a self admitted Hannah Montana junkie) I imagine this review will only apply to a select group of people who:
a. have daughters between the ages of 5 and 15
b. are Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana fans
c. have access to a theater actually showing this film
... but I'm going to post it anyway.
The day after I lamented that Disney was pulling a publicity stunt by limiting the release of this film, they decided to extend it. They must have heard my wrath. But I'm very glad they did, because Roseanna and I had an awesome time on our daddy/daughter night out at the movies.
After driving 60 miles to the nearest theater that was showing it, we pre-purchased our tickets and headed next door for a pizza and lemonade until showtime. And even though this film costs $15 per person as opposed to the $7.50 all the other movies did, I still think it was worth the price. I guess those plastic 3D glasses are more expensive than I thought.
The production quality of the movie was fantastic. This isn't that crappy 3D effect of the old days, where you were told to "put on your glasses now" before each 3D scene or else the rest of the film was blurry. The glasses today don't have any affect on your eyes until the 3D kicks in... and then it kicks butt! At one point the guitar player flipped his pick toward the camera and I actually moved my head avoid it. Cool stuff.
Miley is an amazing talent for such a young girl. She lights up the stage with her smile and has an instinctual awareness of the audience. Because the camera puts you right up against the stage in the front row, you get to see her as big as life while she acknowledges the thousands of fans around you with her subtle wink, wiggle-wave of her fingertips and constant hand touching.
Her choreography skills are fairly limited compared to those of a young Britney or Janet Jackson, but in the context of everything else she is juggling as the star of this very energized concert, it's probably for the better. Her back-up singers and dancers provide enough frenzy to keep everything moving, which leaves Miley shining like the star she is.
Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this film whatsoever. Miley is adorable, the music was fantastic and the production was amazing. At times I was actually feeling proud of the girl for everything she was pulling off and more than a few times I felt the urge to applaud after the songs had finished.
About the only complaint I have is that the theater we were at wasn't outfitted with surround sound and so the concert feel was basically lost. Kind of ironic that we went to a 3D concert movie but had to listen to 2D audio. Still, none of that was a fault of the film, just the crappy AMC theater they were playing it in.
Obviously I recommend taking your daughter to this movie - if it's still playing and you can actually find it.
And Dave, if you like the TV show I think you'll like the movie too - if you can find someone to drive you.