NEW YORK -- If there ever was a commercial film release that also qualified as an act of public service, it's this 3-D concert film from Disney. Although it should reap plenty of coin for its so-called limited engagement, the awkwardly titled "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert" also comes as a godsend to those hordes of desperate parents unable to secure tickets for their heartsick tweens during the teen star's sellout tour last year.
For the benefit of those who have been living under a rock, "Hannah Montana" is a genuine cultural phenomenon. The titular character of this hit Disney Channel show is a bona fide pop recording star whose recent sold-out, 69-city concert tour famously resulted in tickets being resold for unimaginable prices. Hannah Montana is played by actress-singer-songwriter Miley Cyrus, who in bizarrely schizophrenic fashion also performs under her own persona.
Considering that it runs a scant 74 minutes -- which includes numerous backstage scenes -- the film clearly is not presenting the entirety of the live show. But it should offer enough to please most audiences, and director Bruce Hendricks has filmed the fast-paced musical action in sufficiently breathless fashion. As with the recent U2 concert film, the 3-D aspect -- you'll duck when the musicians throw guitar picks and drumsticks at the camera -- adds greatly to the experience.
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