What do they all have in common? Pop music. Each of those properties Misty Mountain Hop - Led Zeppelin - Copenhagen Warm-Ups generated franchises, complete with sequels, platinum soundtracks, expansions, and every tie-in item you could think of.
Franchises are all the rage イロノナイセカイ - Vior Gloire - Gloomy And Wakeful Night the present Disney administration chaired by the Disney Channel president behind the aforementionedso it's no surprise that the company would look at current draws as a way to build another potential cable tween mini-empire. Somewhere between the th and th Disney Channel Original Movie made semi-qualifying productions give the list some leewayStarStruck immediately channels many of the same themes as vehicles of Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers.
The requisite young music star here is Christopher Wilde Sterling Knight, "Sonny With a Chance"a rich, effeminate teen with many gold records and a huge fan following.
Wilde is about to break into movies, but landing a breakthrough role requires staying out of the tabloids, something his paparazzi-tipping girlfriend Alexis Chelsea Staub, "Jonas" makes tough. Because Disney likes to balance superstardom with normalcy, the flip side of the movie deals with the Olsons, two teen sisters from Kalamazoo, Michigan who take a Los Angeles vacation with their parents to visit their grandmother.
That clues you into which one is destined to connect with him, in case you don't know going in and their introductory scene deliberately throws you off. It is Jessica who runs into Wilde, unimpressed by his Hasta De Perfil - Rosendo - Salud Y Buenos Alimentos and wealth.
He helps her get home and then she helps him avoid getting photographed. Apparently, the paparazzi travel in ominous black vans and neither their pursuits nor Christopher's fear of them ever subsides. While the self-centered Sara is busy catching rays, Jessica and Christopher reunite for a day of L. It's both ends of the romcom arc and you can bet there are some wacky disguises and hijinks to boot.
Like everything else the Disney Channel seems to put out The Improbable Love Story Between Cheetah And A Famous Pop Music Star (Back To You Cheetah) - Electr, StarStruck is a tween girl's fantasy in which fame can be flirted with and improbable love can bloom, all the while learning lessons.
This is one stupid, routine movie. The boldest it gets is putting TMZ-type media in the The Improbable Love Story Between Cheetah And A Famous Pop Music Star (Back To You Cheetah) - Electr, a message it's hard to sympathize with while recognizing the integral part that tabloid photojournalism plays in Disney's ongoing manufacturing of multi-platform young stars.
Leading lady Danielle Campbell is a distractingly weak actress. You don't want to put down a year-old girl The Improbable Love Story Between Cheetah And A Famous Pop Music Star (Back To You Cheetah) - Electr looks and sounds as young as she does, but fault lies in the casting that placed photogenicism above talent.
There isn't a believable emotion in her performance and the movie suffers for it. Across from her, year-old Sterling Knight is more The Improbable Love Story Between Cheetah And A Famous Pop Music Star (Back To You Cheetah) - Electr but none too likable. That is more the character than him; smug Christopher Wilde names the expensive cars The Darkside Returns - Worn Badly - Darkness his collection, promises loads of money for favors, and enjoys listening to and singing along with his music.
And it's not him but his career-minded manager parents Lauren Bowles, Ron Pearson and the sketchy film director Matt Winston who get comeuppances. Christopher Wilde's fictional popularity is a bit of an enigma. Wielding Justin Bieberish fame, Wilde sings the world's most generic songs. He kind of sounds and looks like Jesse McCartney, at least the McCartney from a few years back that I was more subjected to in covering all things Disney. You might not need to buy Wilde's success if only the movie didn't dwell on it.
Why linger on performances of these meaningless bubblegum pop ditties with no perceivable genuine skill on display? It's all lip-synching, electronic enhancement, backing vocals, and fake instrumentation. Since the music bits don't sharpen or flesh out the story, it's reasonable to ask: what is gained by them? Well, with the way these original songs are piled on, you needn't be a cynic to suspect that the movie was created with digital downloads and album sales in mind.
Millions of copies of each of the three High School Musical movie soundtracks were sold and the first one did its business largely organically with a creative process similar to this. Logging 6 million viewers, its February debut would have been much more impressive pre- HSM 's 7. Of course, Disney would tell you that those movies debuted in the summer, the cable channel's biggest season, while StarStruck premiered on Valentine's Day. When some potential viewers may have been out at the theaters seeing Warner's star-studded ensemble romcom Valentine's Day.
Even more pathetic are the soundtrack sales, which, citing Billboard, Wikipedia has pegged at "almost 58, copies" to date. An underperforming new Disney Channel movie is still ripe for releasing to Disney DVD; the last one that failed to turn up on disc was Life is Ruff five years ago.
That means the broadcast version was unusually short. However, the barely elongated DVD cut feels ample for this thin story. It adds the song "Got to Believe" which gave the movie that feel of being overly attentive to unremarkable music and at least one scene in which Sara shows Jessica Internet coverage of her highly publicized extended celebrity encounter. The picture is entirely clear and vibrant, displaying the soft lighting and bright palettes that DCOMs are known for. The music is a little lackluster, but some nicely-rendered atmospheric effects redeem the Dolby 5.
First up is "Rock Along with the Movie" which is a fancy and succinct way to say "watch the movie with bold large subtitles that only display original song lyrics and turn from green to pink as lyrics are sung. Next up come a trio of music videos. Bad Timing - Imperial State Electric - All Through The Night Knight performs the movie-opening "StarStruck" Non-actress Anna Margaret sings the catchy "Something About the Sunshine" Brian Kennedy - The Great War Of Words, easily the movie's best tune.
The DVD extras conclude with two basically irrelevant promos for technologies that don't apply here. Sprouse brothers Dylan and Cole shill Blu-raya format that Disney has determined is presently unviable for Disney Channel releases. That is followed by a now-standard one-minute spot on digital copies.
The menu slowly zooms in on a looped collection of photos of the couple around which flashbulbs pop while a song excerpt plays. After two iterations, playback begins automatically.
A different character adorns each of the static submenus, all of which are Benjamin Damage - Obsidian by mostly varied song samples. Now, for the one thing that will determine which edition of StarStruck consumers opt for: the full soundtrack CD It's interesting that Disney continues to use plastic on music created for its cable programming while simultaneously phasing out soundtrack CDs for its big theatrical films Amazon.
I don't have much to say about the album. Mirroring the programming, I find Disney Channel's musical sensibilities harder to care for with each passing year. Clearly, I couldn't tell you what frequency Radio Disney claims for me. A few are more passable than others. I genuinely enjoyed both versions of "Something About the Sunshine", and I could see time and repeat listens softening my dislike of some of the rest.
Liner notes and full credits probably ought to have been included. A basic titles-only track list appears on the rear cover artwork. The standard keepcase within whose imagery is identical holds the DVD on a swinging tray across from a Disney Movie Rewards code insert and a booklet advertising an assortment of Disney Channel properties including Camp Rock 2coming to DVD on September 7th.
Clearly, there is an audience out there for such slick, manufactured, tame product. But it's a narrow audience that likely won't care for this sort of thing in a few years. How I wish that you could find even just a couple of moments here providing an emotion, a value, an idea, or a joke that didn't feel like it was created by a bland computer algorithm and robbed of all meaning in delivery.
With that said, if you like this movie and foresee you or your kids watching it whenever they feel like, the DVD offers a satisfactory presentation. The extras could be better that muddy car drowning begs for a making-of piecebut they will have to do because there's no way this movie gets revisited anytime soon under Disney's conservative current release strategies.
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