“It’s like standing behind a jet when it revs up,” the stage manager for the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both of Both Worlds Concert Tour says of the decibel level inside the packed-to-the-rafters arenas shown in this Disney Digital 3D documentary. “Actually, it’s even worse.”
While shrilly screaming tweens might not be music to the ears of any exhibitor, constantly ringing cash registers will be. Opening the day after Miley Cyrus—the star of the Disney Channel hit Hannah Montana—ends her absolutely sold-out tour, this silver-screen version is sure to be a huge hit. Set to run theatrically for only one week, Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert has already generated gigantic advance ticket sales and could be extended through Valentine’s Day weekend.
Truth be told, Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour is not a prime example of the musical documentary genre—cameras crash clumsily through shot after shot, jibs loom monstrously in the darkened arenas. The 3D effect is only intermittently impressive—primarily in shots that pan across the thousands of arms waving glow sticks in the audience. And both the moderately talented Cyrus and her blonde-wigged alter ego are outperformed by supporting act the Jonas Brothers. But let’s be honest: Hannah/Miley’s millions of fans are likely to belt out “Nobody’s Perfect” and scream anyway.
Cast: Miley Cyrus, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, Nick Jonas, Kenny Ortega and Billy Ray Cyrus
Director: Bruce Hendricks
Producer: Art Repola
Genre: Musical documentary
Running time: 74 min.
Release date: February 1, 2008 ltd.