First let me start by saying that I just returned from Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus movie. I logged online to check and see if it was truly indeed a “sold-out” movie as many others have predicted. At this time and in our area it is not. At our theater in Fredericksburg, VA tickets are being sold through www.fandango.com until February 14, 2008. (I thought this was supposed to be a one-week limited engagement.)
The recent headlines concerning Miley Cyrus did not seem to deter any moviegoers. Scores of parents and children were lined up and waiting to get into the movie theater. Our movie was supposed to start at 3:10PM. The crowd was not let in until about 2:55PM.
The Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus movie opened with several Disney movie previews. Special 3-D previews included “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” starring Brendan Fraser and “Fly Me to the Moon”.
I noticed that most of the children in the audience tended to be a little bit younger than those we witnessed attending the concert. I have to say that with the movie, I was a little disappointed that they didn’t show more behind the scenes footage.
The movie starts with Miley Cyrus putting on a wig to become Hannah Montana. She performs many of her “Hannah” songs. In the middle between Hannah and Miley, the Jonas Brothers come out and sing, “We Got the Party” with Hannah. During the last few seconds of the song, Hannah slips out to change into Miley. While she’s changing, the Jonas Brothers perform a couple of their hit songs. At the concert, they were also her opening act.
The movie does show her changing into Miley but don’t expect a lot of time devoted to this subject. One quick change lasted less than 40 seconds. They comment on how fast they have to get her changed between songs.
After the Jonas Brothers finish, Miley comes out as herself. The one song that I really enjoyed during the movie was not performed at the concert we attended in Washington, DC. In the movie, you see a very intimate side to Miley as her and her dad talk about a song she had written in honor of her grandfather called “I Miss You”. In the movie she performs the song to the concert audience sitting on a bar stool, barefoot, singing and playing her guitar. She just seems so down to earth during these few minutes.
Another featured guest on the movie was Kenny Ortega. If you’ve ever seen any of the High School Musical movies his name will sound familiar. He has been the producer/director/choreographer for many recent Disney movies and this one is no exception. Her dad also guest stars in the movie and they perform one of his songs together.
If you couldn’t attend a concert, I do have to say that they do a really good job at making you feel like you’re in the middle of one. Several people were reaching toward the screen trying to grab the 3D graphics. (You’ll be issued a pair of 3D glasses before entering the movie theater.)
Disney has found a very lucrative moneymaker with Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus. Her fan base is very wide. We noticed many grandmothers in the audience with their grandchildren. Most all of their girls at the movie had on their Hannah Montana t-shirts. I almost expected to see a “Hannah” gift shop in the lobby. I’m sure they would have made a ton of money. If you’re little ones were begging for the chance to see the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concert, then please consider this movie. Her live concert has ended and after this run on the movie, who knows if and when it will be released on to DVD. Also, going to the movies is definitely cheaper than going to the concert.