One thing is for sure: fans of the Jonas Brothers will certainly get their money's worth from Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience. Right from the opening scene (an obvious homage to A Hard Day's Night), director Bruce Hendricks makes sure to give Joe, Kevin, and Nick tons of worshipful close-ups, mixed in with shot after shot of hysterically screaming female admirers. The trio seems comfortable with their devotees on-stage, but in behind-the-scenes moments, at places like a record release party, they seem equally intimidated and thrilled by the massive outpouring of public adoration that they inspire. None of this will win over the unconverted (or even the disinterested), but fans will soak it up -- and they should.
Like their music or hate it, the Jonas Brothers do in fact write their own songs -- something that can't be said for Disney's other music franchise, Miley Cyrus. Her 3-D concert movie unwittingly revealed that the Hannah Montana tour was little more than a bloodless calculated exercise in squeezing money out of the audience. But the Jonas Brothers exude enough genuine stage presence to make their entire production seem heartfelt -- or at least noticeably less mercenary. Joe's frontman moves make him look like a baby Mick Jagger, guitar player Kevin is a total spaz (that's a compliment), and Nick -- the most talented of the bunch -- approaches both the songs and his fans with uncanny professionalism. They make you believe they enjoy playing catchy tunes like "BB Good," "S.O.S.," and "That's Just the Way We Roll." At one point, the threesome sprays the foamy contents of some heavy-duty fire extinguishers onto their worked-up teen audience -- a nod to the name of their single and tour, "Burnin' Up." If you want to think about it, that could be a metaphor expressing the exhaustion they feel leading a hectic teen-idol lifestyle. And if you don't want to think about it, well then just keep on screaming.