As they've catapulted to superstardom after opening for Miley Cyrus, a.k.a., Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers give their fans the state-of-the-art cinematic treatment, though without much inside into life away from performing.
Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience is a less expensive way for tweeners to watch (from oldest to youngest) Kevin, Joe, and Nick with full delight. The visual effects and editing are aggressive, yet not that cutting-edge as it helps to know a little about the group before taking in all the onstage and rather panoramic wide shots.
Director Bruce Hendricks lets the energy of the trio take hold in certain two-dimensional, but more insistently in stereoscopic three-dimensional instances as much of the footage is excerpted from an Anaheim, California arena show.
Nick shows much versatility as a musician, being able to maneuver between drums, guitar, and keyboard. Joe easily appears to be the more outgoing, enjoying the near indecent exposure in a teasing backstage moment for their dedicated supporters. Kevin, with his sideburns, seems to have a certain charisma that could reach a few older viewers, but doesn't look to be quite as appealing as his younger siblings (at least when it comes to instant gratification).
The director sets up a Beatles-esque scenario for the band when it comes to emerging from a mob to a helicopter before the cameras pan over a sea of arms and glowsticks. 3D is in full use during an athletic performance with plenty of contortions in and around the runways and ramps over the stage. Midway they appear atop large scissor lifts. Whether it's stuff coming from a firehose, pyrotechnics or guitar picks or drumsticks, the effort to whip up and douse the crowd is out there to see. Popular hits such as "Burnin' Up" and "S.O.S" come up later in the proceedings when some might feel a bit worn out after many of the tunes having that run-together effect about them.
But, this "experience" is really for the fans as it swings also between a large Times Square gathering, to a big album release, as well as commentary with a few of their more ardent backers. A Central Park music video takes full advantage of the dynamic camera technology featuring the new "Love Is On Its Way" with the members getting some fashion makeovers. And, as in other concert documentaries there are guest appearances by the likes of Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, and hip-hop "Big Rob" Feggans, a benevolent presence for the very successful group, serving as their bodyguard.