'Hannah Montana' movie a hit for tween girls only

Published: Friday, February 1, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 5:58 p.m.

As an adult sitting through the 3-D Hannah Montana concert film, it's impossible not to be overwhelmed - but not by the piercing screech of thousands of frantic 9-year-olds, the crisp digital imagery or the catchiness of the Disney star's peppy tunes.

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Miley Cyrus stars as Hannah Montana in the new 3-D concert film.


Rather, the sensation is one of longing: You wish desperately for Miley Cyrus, the singing, dancing, songwriting, trendsetting dynamo, to avoid turning into Britney Spears.

She's insanely likable and talented, with poise and presence beyond her years, and you just pray that she'll turn out all right.

Of course, the tween girls for whom "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert'' was intended won't be thinking about this. They'll just be giddy to feel so close to their idol, especially since many of them probably never had a chance to see her live on tour, with tickets selling out in scant minutes and scalpers jacking up the prices.

With the three-dimensional effects, it feels as if Cyrus is walking right up you on the catwalk, her perky entourage of backup dancers in tow.

Little girls will be happy to hear the "Hannah Montana'' star perform their favorite songs and thrill to catch a peek of the real Miley backstage - though naturally, the moments are carefully chosen to maintain her well-crafted wholesome image.

Once the movie (and the ringing in your ears) stop, it's obvious why Cyrus has become such a phenomenon. She's pretty and stylish but never a mean girl, energetic and popular but not conceited. She makes it easy to imagine what it would be like to be friends with her - or at least dress like her. Which you can do because, you know, there's also a Hannah Montana clothing line.

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