Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Concert Review: Hannah Montana, 2/5

I have just returned from the Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus “Best of Both Worlds” Concert Tour. Please realize two things before we begin: I am a college-aged man who RAN to purchase tickets three weeks in advance, while trying to convince both my roommate and close friends to watch with me. I also consider myself a HUGE fan of all things Disney, including the High School Musical franchise, The Jonas Brothers, and, of course, Miley herself. Try to keep this in mind as you continue reading.

The entire concert is shot in full Disney Digital 3D, and since there are no cheap 3D effects used during the concert, it really does seem as though the audience is in the front row. In addition to this, several backstage clips are shown throughout, which only add to the overall experience.

Those of you who are new to the Hannah Montana phenomenon will not know that Miley “Destiny Hope” Cyrus actually plays both parts. Her alter ego, Hannah Montana, is based off of the rockstar she plays in her hit Disney Channel show of the same name. This may seem confusing at first, but there are subtle character differences, and of course, more obvious costume changes.

True to any Kenny Ortega production, the show features ten of Hannah/Miley’s hit songs and two songs performed by guest
stars, The Jonas Brothers. As true fans will notice, her most famous song, “Pumpin’ Up The Party Now,” is nowhere to be found.

Though the overall performance is outstanding, due mostly to the fact that Disney puts on one hell of a show, some of the
vignettes of Miley and her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, are a tad long, and feel as though they eat up some of the concert.

The 74-minute show is enough for moviegoers, but if you subtract the vignettes and backstage footage, those poor parents shelled out hundreds for just under an hour of digitally enhanced pop music. And, of course, I say this as her biggest fan.

--Michael Butvinik

(photo from Disney via google images)

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