Hannah Montana The Movie (2009) - Deluxe Edition

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Disney || G - 102 minutes - $39.99 || August 18, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-08-08


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Peter Chelsom
Writer(s): Michael Poryes and Rich Correll & Barry O'Brien (characters); Dan Berendsen (written by)
Cast: Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment, Jason Earles, Vanessa Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus


Theatrical Release Date: April 10, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 7 Music Videos
  • Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

No doubt Iíll be strung up and hung for what Iím about to say, but I must admit, Hannah Montana The Movie is not the atrocity I had read it was. I canít say itís anything particularly good, but I found the movie to be harmless. Predictable, of course, but perfectly harmless.

Obviously Iím not the target audience for Hannah Montana so keeping that in mind, while kids and early teens might find it fun and enjoyable adults will think itís boring and tedious, but still marginally entertaining especially compared with other movies that are aimed directly at the younger viewers.

Basically the story is about Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus), a down to earth teen who moonlights, I guess thatís the right word, as international pop sensation Hannah Montana. When her superstar lifestyle was changing her personal priorities, Robby Ray Stewart (Billy Ray Cyrus) takes Miley back to her roots in Crowley Corners, Tennessee so she can find herself again and away from the glitz and glamour of bankrupt California.

One of the ideas that I kept thinking about in my own slight boredom with the story was how stupid people must be to not realize that Miley and Hannah are the same person just a blonde wig and stylish clothing being the difference. Then I thought, ďWell, if the city of Metropolis couldnít figure out that Clark Kent was Superman without his glasses, who am I to criticize the whole Miley/Hannah identifies?Ē Is it kind of dumb? Absolutely. It also makes the ending, as predictable as it was, have an even less impact. When Hannah Montana, in mid-song and after making a long speech, takes off the wig and EVERYONE is shocked that the girl in this small Tennessee town was in fact a worldwide superstar. Go figure.

Although I cannot proclaim that Hannah Montana The Movie is akin to Grease or anything, itís not the horror others have said it is. It is aimed squarely at a specific demographic but even being waaaay outside that demo, I still managed to laugh a couple times at some of the easy jokes and the story, as basic as it is, kept my limited interest until the very end.

I should mention that I donít find Miley Cyrus that annoying nor is she Lucifer incarnate. She very well may be hypocritical and not the ideal for some peopleís kids (I donít have any, so it doesnít concern me) and it is quite possible that her real life persona is nothing to admire, again, I could care less. I donít judge Tom Cruise on his real life antics (Iím not on meds so his comments on that subject were not offensive) and I wonít do it to Miley Cyrus. Just judging the movie on its own merits, thereís nothing that special about it but with my own lowered expectations, it still wasnít that bad.

Hannah Montana The Movie was directed by Peter Chelsom, who also helmed the infamous Town & Country, Serendipity and Shall We Dance. Chelsom provides that wholesome bright visual palette perfect for the innocent story and still managed to make Miley Cyrus into a decent actress, all things considered. The movie was written by Disney-scribe Daniel Berendsen (The Cheetah Girls: One World, The Cutting Edge: Going for Gold) and features Vanessa Williams as well as cameos by Taylor Swift and Tyra Banks.

One note about Taylor Swift, now that I think about it: the subplot involved the town raising money to buy land to prevent a developer from building a mall and the idea came that someone like Hannah Montana could come in and raises the money needed. Now, I realize that Taylor Swift isnít the superstar that Hannah Montana is, but sheís no slouch either.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Feature Commentary Ė Director Peter Chelsom sits down for an interesting track where he explains his approach to directing the movie (he knew very little about Hannah Montana) and about the story itself. Nothing to get excited over but at least one has been included given Disneyís recently propensity of releasing limited features.

Deleted Scenes (10:36) Ė There are a few deleted scenes none of which are that good but thankfully the director explains why they were cut (hint: pacing). I did find one sequence somewhat amusing centered around Mileyís brother not getting into college and having to pretend he did.

Music Videos (8:15) Ė Not one, not two... but seven music videos are available for your enjoyment with a play all option as well! Includes ďThe ClimbĒ which I admit I did kind of like. Shh, donít tell anyone...

Find Your Way Back Home (15:06) Ė Miley and her mom and takes the viewer on a tour through Tennessee (where she grew up) and some spots she likes including an ice parlor, the humane center and sings at a local cafť. Her tour is followed by her dad talking about why he loves Tennessee.

I Should Have Gone to Film School (15:18) Ė Jason Earles (plays Mileyís brother) takes us behind the scenes interviewing various members of the cast (Miley Cyrus, Emily Osment and Billy Ray Cyrus) and crew (producer Alfred Gough and others) as they talk about what they do on the set. I must admit, the explanations of what various crew members do are interesting (1st and 2nd Assistant Directors, Co-producers, etc).

Fun with Hannah & The Gang (3:53) Ė This is a standard gag reel where the cast goofs off or flubs their lines and all that good and funny stuff.

Finally there disc 2 contains a digital copy (iTunes and WMV compatible).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Hannah Montana The Movie is presented in its original 1.85 aspect ratio. Outside of some artifacting, itís not a bad looking picture transfer. Colors are fairly vibrant and the overall look with the use of hot pinks in Hollywood and natural colors in Tennessee looks nice.

Surprisingly, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track sounds absolutely fantastic. It also helps that thereís a good amount of music to make use of all five channels including some rumblings from my subwoofer. Dialogue also sounds nice and clear as well.



.::OVERALL::.

I think it goes without saying, Hannah Montana The Movie is for fans only. As I said, the movie itself isnít that bad and talking as someone who never has seen the show before, I didnít mind it all that much.