including my own, are growing up so fast. They go from
watching Playhouse Disney to watching concert movies
starring tween idol Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus. In fact,
these same little girls probably asked their moms and
dads to get them tickets to see the dual personality
singer live in concert. After spending almost $400 on
seeing The Police in concert last year for my own
ticket, I wasn't about to spend double that amount or
more on Miley's tour. Sorry sweety, but daddy's got to
draw the line somewhere. The positive side to this is
that my daughter and her friends can still see
Hannah/Miley in concert.
"Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds: 2-Disc Extended Edition" is now available on DVD.
I took my daughter and two of her friends to see this movie at the theater. The theater is equipped with "Disney 3-D" projection, and for that so-called privilege of seeing a movie in oversized high definition television, it cost me nearly $65.00! I guess Disney and the Cyrus clan will get money from me somehow. I could've saved the money and spent $22.00 on the DVD, and it comes with 3-D glasses. But being a good sport, I picked up my jaw from the bricks in front of the box office and took the girls to see the movie. And you know what? They loved it.
"Best of Both Worlds" is pretty good for a concert film. The songs, cinematography, editing and choreography give the film a rapid pace. This isn't a quickly slapped together production (at least it doesn't appear that way) to capitalize on Miley's current popularity. The camerawork is as good as any concert film camerawork you'll see. Everyone who appears in the movie seems like they're having a good time. The songs (and believe me, I've heard them a millions times, and not by choice) are pure pop and decently done. The girls were bouncing in their seats during the theatrical showing and knew all the songs.
As much as I make jokes to my wife about not liking how Miley sings, the kid has something about her that kids and some parents like. Her voice is too flat and hoarse sounding, in my opinion. She dresses like '80s pop princesses Tiffany and Debbie Gibson. But Miley has moved beyond anything that those teen singers ever did. No mall stages for Miley. This girl's singing in arenas. I have to give credit to Miley, because the kid's got chops. She may not sing all that well, but she knows how to charm the kids in the audience. She's confident on-stage and works the room.
Her songs are pretty standard pop fare. They're not as sugary as Tiffany and Gibson's songs. Some even have a slight edgy sound to them. "G.N.O. (Girls Night Out)" starts girls out at an early age dumping their guys for a night out on the town. "We Got the Party" is actually an infectious tune along the lines of the singer Pink. "Let's Dance" has a bit of Latin flavor to it. Miley sings them with a lot of feeling and strength throughout the movie.
Sometimes I have to step back from my adult point-of-view and see the whole picture. Almost every young generation has had some singer (or singers) that they went crazy for. My parents had early rock stars like Elvis Presley to idolize. My dad even bought an Annette Funicello record in his youth. [Now there's a singer who's singing voice wasn't all that great. But with a production team behind her, she sold quite a few records.] In the 1970s, my female classmates couldn't get enough of Shawn Cassidy. In the 1980s, it was Tiffany or Debbie Gibson who charmed the mallrats. In the 1990s, it was N*Sync. Miley could be following in their footsteps.
Miley is growing up, and so is her audience. It'll be interesting to see if she can maintain her fan base over the next couple of years. She's still very young and doesn't have an extensive album catalog yet. So her staying power remains to be seen. For now, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus still rule the roost, at least until Disney Channel finds their new hot hit. And in a sense they have with the Jonas Bros.
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