Friday, April 10, 2009

Hannah Montana the Movie: Great Family Movie and Message

Disney's production of Hannah Montana, the Movie receives this parent’s two thumbs up. The movie, produced by non-other than Miley’s dad, Billy Ray Cyrus is Miley/Hannah’s story of discovering who she really is in the midst of struggling to juggle her two distinctly different lives she leads.

After exhibiting some rambunctious teenage star behavior, showing she has perhaps grown a little too big for her boots, Miley’s dad brings her back to her roots. By going back to her grandmother’s very rustic, yet quaint Tennessee farm where she grew up, Miley quickly finds her self pulled between the life in front of her, and the one she left in California. With a little time, she once again sees for herself the joys in living the simple life. She remembers that the people she cares about most care about her, with or without being Hannah.

The movie’s cinematography is stunning and made me yearn to spend a week in the country without a cell phone. The message in the movie is relevant and could apply to any pre-teen or young teen having a hard time deciding who they “are.” Parents will be able to identify with the struggles and sacrifices of parenting and the heartache involved when you need to let your child fall down in order to learn.

The music is great; the “first love” aspect of the story is completely appropriate and sweet. The movie manages to be very cute without being saccharine coated. It doesn’t try to be more than it is, because it doesn’t need to be. It is very confident in being the wonderfully quaint family movie that it is.

From My Perspective, a 4 star family movie. (For those families with younger - to pre-teen kids).

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