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Hannah Montana: The Movie is Harmless

Published April 9, 2009 in Movie Reviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of Disney
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Hannah Montana: The Movie is harmless. It’s contagiously happy so even if you see right through it, which you can, it’s not worth it. Even though it’s fake plastered smiles, it’s happy. I mean, it’s no College Road Trip but it’s harmless.

Review: Hannah Montana: The Movie

Now I’ve never seen the show and I found myself able to keep up just fine. Miley Stewart performs as Hannah Montana so that she can still live a normal life. But she likes the fame and celebrity so needs to get schooled on being her true self. It’s a contrived double identity situation, and even in the movie they play the old two places at once game from Mrs. Doubtfire and many other movies, but that’s the schtick. They’re not showing real fame or real high school, but the kids get it.

The girls and grownups know exactly how to act. Most of them at least. I don’t buy Billy Ray Cyrus as Miley’s dad. He’s trying to hard. Robbie Ray? Yeah, that’s totally different. Miley has enough irreverence to play up the country subplot and the rock star thing.

Now, do Hannah Montana fans want to see a down home week at the ranch? If they do, I still don’t. Maybe that’s part of the show too but it seems too far removed from the fame/high school mixups. Whether it’s authentic or not, it doesn’t seem to fit the story. I do like how the reintroduction of Hannah totally thwarts dad’s plan.

It seems like there are some popular hits as well as new songs, so the kids get to hear what they love and find out what else they need to buy. I like how farm boy points out the emptiness of the Disney pop songs.

The film photographs Miley beautifully, with slow motion hair whipping and goddess worshiping lighting.

The pratfalls are pretty lame. They’re constructed poorly and you’ve seen them all before. But the kids haven’t and they will think it’s the funniest thing ever.

I kind of like that it even has the wrong message at the end. It’s actually not about being yourself. It’s about preserving the fame. That’s some nonconformity I can get into, even if it is completely self serving.

Truly the best part of Hannah Montana is hearing the kids in the audience love it so much. They were riveted by the drama, and I heard, “This is so funny,” “This movie’s so good,” I love this movie” and “Best movie ever” at the end. Kid, it’s all downhill from here.

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