Guest Author - Caitlin D Neely
I must admit that I watch Hannah Montana. I recently entered into adulthood and I still enjoy this show and others on the Disney channel. They’re the perfect cure for a bad mood; where you want to escape back into adolescence and relive simpler days. Hannah Montana: The Movie (directed by Peter Chelsom) carries the same formula.
Miley Stewart (Miley Cyrus) is a teenager with a big secret. She is living in two contrasting worlds. One where she is a normal high-schooler who deals with boys and catty girls. The other where she is the famous pop singer Hannah Montana. When she ruins her best friend Lily’s (Emily Osment) sweet sixteen and begins to spend more time with her publicist (Vanessa Williams) than her own family, her father Robby Stewart (Billy Ray Cyrus) gives Miley a dose of reality. He whisks her back to Tennessee and presents her with an ultimatum. She must spend two weeks in her home state and decide whether or not she wants to continue to be Hannah Montana.
This movie is for children and young adults. If you’re an adult you have to come in very open. These people aren’t the best actors and they’re not going to win an Oscar for their performances. But the movie is light-hearted and optimistic. It’s a movie about growing up and deciding what’s best not only for the people in your life but yourself also.
I believe that’s why the younger audiences flock to this movie. Not only because it’s Hannah Montana but because they don’t strong opinions about what good acting or writing is.
Miley Cyrus has improved her acting skills. They’re not top notch but they’re better than they were when she first got started at Disney. Emily Osment is an enjoyment to watch as always. She’s very real when she acts and is better than Cyrus.
The songs complement the movie and match the tone of the scene they’re playing in. I must admit that Hannah/Miley’s songs are addicting. Not matter how much a person might dislike her they can’t deny that she has a good voice. Her ‘live’ voice is seasoned for a young performer. She may have a career ahead of her in that area after the sensation of Hannah Montana fades away. Her recent hit “The Climb“, featured in the movie, proves that Miley has no trouble making it onto the radio. She doesn’t need Hannah to be popular.
Hannah Montana: The Movie will capture the hearts of young audiences. It may surprise an adult or two who remember that this isn’t the intellectual comedy of the year. It’s simply a sweet children’s film.