HANNAH MONTANA THE MOVIE (Peter Chelsom). 102 minutes. Opens Friday (April 10). Rating: NN
Hannah Montana The Movie, like the TV show, puts a musical twist on the Clark Kent/Superman conundrum. Hannah Montana is Tennessee-born "Miley Stewart" to all but a few people, and the audience pretends that no one would notice the two whisky-voiced teens are the same girl. The paper-thin and ultimately unresolved plot is just an excuse for the music, including some by Papa Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus's BFF Taylor Swift.
The Hannah/Miley dichotomy is heavy-handedly echoed in the Hollywood vs. small town storyline, although admittedly DOP David Hennings shoots bucolic rolling hills very well.
The kids will probably favour Hannah's dance rock, but the best song in the film (aside from Swift's) is a country-inflected father-daughter duet.
Message to Miley: drop the alter ego, kid. Hannah made you famous, but you're more talented than she is.