Starstruck

Here we go again. Another movie from Disney Channel. This’ll be a night of my life I’ll never get back.

Starstruck premiered several days ago and is now officially the newest Disney Channel movie. Being a occasional watcher of Disney shows I naturally decided to watch it, though I stress that my expectations were very low for the most part with a little hope that it may be better than some of the other perfunctory, mediocre shows that this channel has to offer.

But how could someone not watch it? After all, nearly every second of commercials Disney aired was encompassed of the announcer screaming at us, saying, “Starstruck! Starstruck! Starstruck! It’s about this, it’s about that, it has some downright amazing music, Sterling Knight is in it, why not watch it?” Normally most movies on Disney don’t appeal to me, but this one did, mainly because it seemed like it had a really good point to it; and it did, to a certain degree.

So I watched it. It was both abudant and lacking, like something that has great potential but just hasn’t been done justice yet.

The movie is about Christopher Wilde, a teenage celebrity who is blind to everything in the world but his stardom. When a girl named Jessica, however, who is not infatuated with Christopher like her sister and every other girl in America, comes along and does not give Wilde the immediate affection and attention that he usually gets, he begins to understand his faults and, naturally, as most movies go, falls in love with her. I can’t argue with this result, as love is a major theme in movies, and the relationship between Jessica and Christopher isn’t one I’ll complain too much about. I did, however, expect more change on Christopher’s part as a person, because by the end of the movie little had changed about him and he got the girl.

So the characters didn’t change much, at least in a way that I could see or wanted, but I’m not sure the movie was as much about the characters and the changes they underwent as it was about the characters revealing the corruption and absolute insanity of paparazzi and people who attempt to exploit celebrities for the enjoyment of viewers. In short, Starstruck is about celebrities and the fact that the media takes them in their hands like putty and molds them into whatever they want them to be. Through this process the celebrities, who are caught in the middle, forget who they are and lose sight of reality and everything good and decent that once was in their lives. I certainly agree it’s good for a movie to be made touching on this topic. Unfortunately, Starstruck didn’t provide as much content as I would have liked. The movie, with the commercials cut out, is probably around an hour and twenty minutes. Not near enough time to cover a broad topic like Hollywood, celebrities and the absolute torture they endure.

I’d give this movie three and half stars. I’d probably give it more were it not as empty as it was, but because of the theme and the message this movie portrays I think it deserves some commendation. I can, with some confidence, recommend this movie to you as one that transcends the usual mediocre standards of a regular Disney Channel movie.

Sonny with a Chance (You Guessed Right… Another Disney Channel Show) and Jonas

Again I return to the infamous topic of Disney Channel, one that, as I said before, I would be periodically returning to. Now, I intend to fulfill that promise.

At the beginning of the Summer (or perhaps earlier, I can’t remember), an advertisement on Disney Channel came out, repeatedly blaring “Sonny with a Chance! The newest Disney Channel Show! Premiering Friday!” Naturally we decided that we should at least watch the first episode to see what we thought of it, so we did. We weren’t let down.

The show both had moral and humor, the latter being in abundance. But aside from those facts, the humor in the show was actually fairly good when compared to other mediocre Disney Channel shows. We were pleasantly surprised and continued watching it.

But, as with most simple pleasantries, the goodness of that show was not to last. As the series progressed it became more ridiculous than ever, inevitably falling into the same “dating is everything” trap and “the more ridiculous the show is the better” pitfall. The humor started to dissolve into mindlessness that felt uncomfortable to watch, which is the worst kind of comedy in existence. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable when you’re watching a comedy, especially when it’s one that’s bordering on the edge of overflowing ridiculousness.

Maybe a month or two after Sonny with a Chance premiered, the first episode of Jonas was aired. Now at the time we hadn’t liked nor disliked the Jonas brothers, but when we started to watch the show a bit, we began to realize that they were fairly decent Christian people and that their family values seemed uncorrupted by the putrescence of Hollywood. At least, that’s what the Disney Channel videos show, anyway…

Unfortunately decent Disney Channel shows are starting to become an endangered species. Even the later episodes of Wizards of Waverly place are starting to dumb down the adults, and an example of which can be seen in the first episode of the new series when the dad mistook the correct spelling of a word as a “misspelling”.

It appears to me that Disney Channel has finally decided to throw away all thoughts of making decent entertainment and started focusing only on raking in as much dough as possible. Or, has that always been their goal?

Disney Channel

I don’t think anyone I know hasn’t heard of Disney Channel or the shows it produces. Disney is one of the most well known entertainment industries in America, particularly in their movies and TV shows. The quality of these shows, however, is debatable, and frankly I’m not sure those arguing for the side of “Disney Channel shows are high quality entertainment” would have a good chance of winning.

The quality of Disney Channel shows and movies has, in my opinion, gone drastically down. The themes in nearly all of their movies and TV shows inevitably boil down to this: Get a girlfriend/boyfriend who’s cute and then run with that idea until nearly every episode is about dating. That’s what I’ve certainly seen in Hannah Montana… Since the day her new series started and Lily and Oliver started dating, the show became a wreck because it really should have been over and they were just dragging it out as long as possible, but why end a series that’s still raking in the dough even if its quality is lost in the greedy desire for money?

But the early episodes, however, were excellent. They taught valuable life lessons while still maintaining some humor which actually was surprisingly very funny. And another reason Hannah Montana’s quality and moral was better in the olden days was because, rather than portraying the dad as “stupid and incapable”, as they now do in the later shows, the father was very intelligent and actually taught the kids a lesson.

I recently, however, watched a movie that actually had a fairly decent moral. It was called Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie. I watched it expecting it to be like most other movies on Disney Channel: Fairly mediocre and really just a source of entertainment… I wasn’t expecting to actually learn anything from it. But I was pleasantly surprised. The movie actually touched on a topic that is rarely seen on Disney Channel anymore… Family.

And, instead of walking away from the movie thinking “Ah, another mediocre movie from Disney”, I thought of it as a refreshing break from the average movies which Disney Channel spews out these days just to get some quick money. The movie actually, dare I say it about a Disney Channel movie, had some heartwarming and beautiful moments.

Here I now conclude this post. Expect that I will touch on this subject often, though, because it is a subject that can be observed very deeply and much can be gained from it.