I know Pete already gave you his review of “Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana: Best of Both Worlds Concert,” but since I wrote one for the newspaper, I figured I’d post it here too. NOTE, this is not the same version that was up last night.  This is the final version that will run, as sent to me by my editor.


Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert

Directed by: Bruce Hendricks

by: Tom Wright-Piersanti

When Hannah Montana sold out every stadium in America in a matter of minutes, parents across the country fell to their knees and let out a collective scream. Disney heard that scream, and its response was swift and – more importantly – profitable.

Those of us unlucky enough to have missed out on the hottest concert ticket in a decade can still catch the teen queen in her silver screen debut Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert. For $15 (that’s the price for kids, too), you can spend roughly 75 minutes having glitter thrown in your face.

Hopeful filmgoers should act quickly though, as Disney released it to a very limited number of theaters, and it’s only running for one week.

Miley Cyrus is the 15-year-old daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus (“Achy Breaky Heart”), and she came to the public eye as a result of the unrelenting Disney machine. Her show “Hannah Montana,” which deals with a teenager trying to balance regular teen-hood with a secret double-life as a world famous pop star, is consistently among the top-rated shows on cable TV.

This show, though, is purely a concert film, with backstage footage and brief interviews spliced between the performances. The film begins as Hannah (Miley’s alternate pop star personality) bursts onto stage, singing the energetic “Rock Star,” a guitar-driven pop number that celebrates her balance of everyday teen life and fame.

Director Bruce Hendricks replicates that energy by balancing close-ups of the superstar with shots of the crowd, her backup dancers and singers, and even the musicians. The film focuses on the teamwork it takes to make a concert event happen, and Hendricks gives fair screen time to everyone involved.

Though Hannah moves around the stage like a seasoned veteran and knows exactly how to get thousands of children to scream in unison, the energy really comes about halfway through the show when fellow Disney stars The Jonas Brothers join her onstage for “We Got the Party,” a foot-tapping pop rock anthem.

The talented trio of brothers is almost as big a sell as Miley/Hannah herself. Guys like them because their music is a bit edgier than Miley’s, girls like them because they’re adorable, and parents like them because they all wear rings pledging “no sex until marriage.”

The Jonas Brothers provide a segue for Hannah to reappear as Miley. She replaces her wireless handheld mic and flashy sequin top for a large cardigan sweater and acoustic guitar and sings “I Miss You,” an ode to her dead grandfather.

Miley ends the show with the upbeat “Girl’s Night” and “Best of Both Worlds,” the theme song to her TV show and by far, her most well known tune. Though the final note may leave kids with a happy melody to hum on the way home, adults may feel cheated by the 74 minute runtime; just as the concert seems to be building some steam, the credits are rolling.

Disney pimps the fact that it’s shot in “Disney Digital 3-D,” and they hand out “RealD” specs as you enter the theater. The 3-D can be gimmicky (that drumstick is going to hit my face!), but when Hendricks lets the concert speak for itself – like when dancers weave in and out down a runway – it looks spectacular.

If you bring a genuine Hannah fan with you – and those aren’t hard to find – and you aren’t ashamed to sing and dance in a movie theater, it can be the most fun you’ll have for $15.

3 ½ of out 5
(Though, like Pete said, the time we had there was 5+)

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