‘Miley: The Movement’ Recap: MTV Doc Makes Singer's Ambitions Clear
Miley Cyrus’ MTV documentary Miley: The Movement premiered on the network Wednesday night, giving a glimpse into the 19-year-old's transformation from Disney star to the most controversial performer at the VMAs.
Throughout the 60-min doc, Cyrus makes it clear that she sees the new her as a “movement” rather than the more passive “transition.” “Every decision goes into a bigger plan,” she said, referring to her recent career choices. “For me, the movement has to be bigger than just a record. For me, a movement represents like taking over the world.”
“It’s not a transition,” she added. “I’m the same human. I’ve got the same heart I did five years ago.”
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It’s been years since Cyrus has appeared on Hannah Montana, but the singer says it wasn’t until she began work on her new album Bangerz in Philadelphia that she really felt her movement beginning. “I was in a little apartment, and I was like a real person for a minute,” Cyrus said. “I felt like I could finally be the bad b–ch I really am."
Cyrus’s ambition falls somewhere along the lines of being the second coming of Britney Spears – but bigger and more out there. In her documentary, she often talks about creating “the biggest moment in pop culture,” making “the biggest thing,” being “the one,” and about what “separates [her] from everybody else.” The self-professed control freak avows, “If I’m gonna do it, it has to be the biggest and the best.” Her VMA performance, which she notes was meant to be played for laughs not sex appeal or approval of her dance moves, satisfied her desire to stand out and make them talk – for “two weeks rather than two seconds.”
In addition to Cyrus' almost prophetic statements about her own career, the documentary also features a few perceived hitches in creating the “movement”: As soon as “We Can’t Stop dropped, Cyrus fears it wasn’t going to be a hit; it climbed to No. 1 in hours. She catches a cold that seems unable to be remedied in time for a performance. Cyrus’s red carpet entrance doesn't go as planned at the VMAs. Also VMA-related, Cyrus had pitched going topless but was denied. No obstacle, however, deterred her in her ultimate pursuit of success – and every one knows the nude latex worked just fine.
Cameo appearances in Miley: The Movement arrive in the form of her mother Tish Cyrus, Pharrell Williams, Mike Will Made It and Britney Spears, who joins Miley on a track for Bangerz. Tish is fully supportive of her daughter’s revitalized image and the people she’s surrounded herself with to make it work. Pharrell is in awe of the young entertainer, and Britney listens on as Cyrus tells her about wanting to shoot a hot dog gun at the VMAs.
All in all, the documentary reinforced what Cyrus has been trying to say through her music, performances and her recent interview with Rolling Stone. Her attitude can be summed up in her own words: “I’m just smiling, having fun, loving life,” she says. "We're in 2013, I live in America, which is the land of the free, and I feel like if you can't express yourself, you're not very free."
– Chelsea Regan
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