Monday, February 25, 2008

It really is the best of both worlds

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.

sportin our new specs after an entertaining night at the movies

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.


Elizabeth said...

Awww, that picture of you two is too cute! Glad you had such a fun dad and daughter night!

Julie Pippert said...

a. True

b. False

c. I don't know (see b)

Your description makes it sound so good and like such a great event.

I'll go along with the great event. The photo of you two is adorable (sorry! but adorable is right word I think) and father-daughter time is awesome.

I just can. not. like. Hannah. Montana. stuff.


And Patience thinks it is nonsense.

Persistence, on the other hand...but I use the "You're too young!" excuse.

I will say I did let her watch a few minutes of some award show (not last night, the other one the other week, who knows which one---it's a self-congratulatory field after all) and every woman who walked out in a short tight outfit was dubbed, "HANNAH MONTANA!" by the three year old.

That just sealed my deal.

Idaho Dad said...

At least they made the 3D glasses look cool. They remind me of Elvis Costello, circa 1980.

Karl said...

Aw, what a great daddy you are. I'd totally take my daughters to that movie, too. Course, they're 20, so I doubt they'd want to go, but still...if they asked, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

elizabeth - We really did. I really need to do things like that more often.

julie - I can understand your hesitation. At this point, Miley is still innocent enough... but I sure hope she can avoid the path all the other young teen stars have taken.

phil - Yeah, they are pretty hip. I'm guessing that look is on it's way back. I mean if mirrored aviator sunglasses can come back...

karl - You should ask. You might be surprised.

Ed said...

Come on Jeff, we all know it is secretly you that wanted to go first and you had to convince your daughter. We're monitoring the Hannah Montana collectibles market and see a lot of high priced items going to Minnesota lately. Coincidence?

Anonymous said...

Very cute picture and what a great thing for you two to do!

Unfortunately, I have a Miley Cyrus song stuck in my head and I have no idea why!

G said...

Thanks for a great review. I know Tali would be into this so it's either me or Scissors - rocket/paper/Scissors - oops he wins! I think Julian might like it as well. I'm sensing a day to myself - please oh please :)

Great pic!

Anonymous said...

What a great dad you are! My dad would have never taken me to see something like that.

Gary said...

I took my youngest to our nearby National Theatre of Film & Television a couple of years ago where they have a huge (and I mean huge) IMAX cinema screen - they were showing a 40 minute 3D exhibition film on sharks and stuff that lives on reefs, we put on the same glasses as you did and sat there feeling stupid.

Then the film started with the camera underwater swimming through thousands of jellyfish - there was a whole row of pre-school kids sat in front of us and they were jumping up and down on the seats trying to catch the jellyfish that were swimming all around in in our faces.

Its awesome cinema and I wish they'd make more ...

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

ve - You're on to me VE. Just ask my wife how many times she's busted me vegging out on the couch while H.M. is on TV. I tell her I'm monitoring the show for appropriate content - you know, for my daughter's sake.

hilly - Because those songs are like pop music melody candy. It's all part of Disney's subliminal plan to hypnotize you into buying their CDs.

lil' g - Actually, the boys will like this just as well. It's full of cute girls (duh) and the Jonas Brothers play a few tunes on it too.

andi - Thanks. My dad probably wouldn't have either... but he is still a great dad.

gary - Me too. We go to the omni at the science museum every chance we get. This Hannah Montana movie just played in a regular theater... hence the crappy audio.

Heather said...

Aw. Isn't that sweet?

Anonymous said...

Good SHOW, Jeff, but what happened to the U Tube on the floors? - Bill

Anonymous said...

$15! Damn!

I was going to rant but I don't want to spoil the fact that it was quality time with your daughter which is very important.

My cousin had a girl a year ago and I'm looking forward to doing stuff like this as a defacto 'uncle'.

I just hope she likes sports so I don't have to go see over-exposed tween celebrities like Miley hehe.

But hey in 10-15 years there will be five and six year olds with their own tv shows so it could be worse.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Dad (Bill)--that was a really nice thing to do with Roseanna!!!! She will never forget it. Again I say----I am so proud of my kids!!!

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

heather - Aw, shucks.

bill - You win the award for the most irrelevant segue in comment history. Congratulations!

chris - I commend you for your tongue-biting ability!

mom - That's pretty good that you agree with Bill considering I had no idea what he even said.

MYM said...

I love, love that picture of you and your daughter. You're a rocking dad, dude! :)

Jess Riley said...

You're such a great dad! Love the photo.

You reminded me of how we were in the video store the other day and discovered a "3-D" zombie movie. The fine print below that: "in 2-D."

robkroese said...

Hi Jeff. :)

Anonymous said...

I think any man who used to be a "rock star" and kicked pop culture to the curb and now graciously attends and even enjoys ( no doubt because it brings joy to the little being he loves) a Hannah Montana concert has got to be just about the sexiest guy on earth!
Mrs. H

yoo hoo said...

When my step daughter was about 8 Mitch took her to see the Spice Girls at the Tacoma dome. At 17 she still talks about how much fun they had. Of course he was then dubbed, "Old Spice". Glad you loved it, cute pic too.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

drowsey monkey - Thanks. She's a rockin kid.

jess - Sure, that makes sense... the zombies were in 3D, the movie just wasn't.

diesel - Let's see... either you don't have much to say, or you're going to need stitches in your tongue. ;-)

mrs h - Sweet! Does Rosie want to go anywhere else?

carla - I bet Mitch really struggled to watch those Spice Girls. ;-)

Anonymous said...

I should not expect you to know that "Good Show" was the highest of compliments British heroes received in WW2 movies. The full respect would be, "Jolly Good Show Old Chap", as only David Niven could say so well. Unfortunately Americans have refined praise to jumping up into the air and slapping right hands together.-Bill

Mom Thumb said...

I was not a Hannah fan, but I watched her on the Barbara Walters special the other night. She really is a pretty neat kid. Don't see her going the way of Britney, Lindsey, Paris, etc. Of course, if she did, there would probably be a smackdown with Billy Ray.

Roseanna will remember that always!

yellojkt said...

I like Emma Roberts in Unfabulous a lot better than Hannah Montana. Miley is ultra-hammy in it. And I don't have a daughter, so knowing this stuff is a little embarrassing.