Justin Bieber: Never Say Never Reviews
No one told Bieber never, they told him he sucked and apparently that caused him to bring the world this film.
Overall is there much that can be said about why this movie is bad, it would be like trying to explain how bad crap smells like, why bother it's easy to figure out why.
But before I go on I want to make clear, I'm not going to come on here and bash Justin Bieber because that's obviously been done uninterruptedly. Instead, I'm going to say what I saw in a non-bias approach (I may slip once or twice). Anywho, this film is a look in Justin's personal life and how he prepares to perform in front of a sold out crowd in Madison Square Garden. We go as far back as when he was a child, making videos on YouTube showing off his talent doing cover songs by artists like Chris Brown and Ne-Yo. To think this kid made it as big as he's made it in only three years is insane. As for the 3D, it's the absolute worst 3D film I have ever seen. Even worse than The Last Airbender, which I found blinding. Only the scenes with him in the concert and the text are in 3D, the rest is just in regular 2D. This is the kind of thing that really pisses me off. Of course they knew they couldn't re-master old clips into the new 3D technology, so let's enhance the footage of him in MSG a bit more to make it slightly in the third dimension, and add some clips made exclusively for this film, great way to scam more money out of us, fuckin pricks. I found this out because every fifteen to twenty minutes I remove the glasses to blink a few times, and to relax my eyes so they don't become fatigued or irritated. I happened to do it on a scene where it's an interview and I discovered what I was watching wasn't even in real 3D.
The concert in all is entertainingly lame, is there such a description? I found it rather pointless because this is the beginning of his life, why do we need to see it in the making? Though he is big now, I can put a bet on it in ten years, maybe five, people will be saying "who the hell is that?" when his name is mentioned. He'll live in the moment and fade out like many others, it happens. We don't need a concert showcasing his life in the making, we need to see it when he dies or when he goes into retirement. Not right at the beginning of his career.
As for Bieber himself, plain and simple; I don't love the kid, I don't hate him either, though I do respect him. I must give the kid credit for doing all of this before he even reaches the title of "adult". Whether I like what someone has to offer or not, if they are a few years younger than me or a few years older than me, I support what they are trying to get across. I do have some sympathy for him but he should know as well, if you want to be in the spotlight, deal with the consequences and that's transpiring to him now. The thing that I laughed about was the girls in the film at a concert of his literally crying their adolescent/teeny bopper eyes out. My laugh was an interesting one because it's a shock to me that girls are genuinely moved by his music. Trying not to judge but, it looks like a douchebag singing like a cat (Too harsh?).
In the end, Never Say Never was actually worth the admission because one, it made my niece happy. Two, a crowd of girls were dancing in the theater behind us (which I didn't notice until my cousin pointed it out near the end), and three, getting to laugh at all the Bieber fans on screen. I would not recommend it to someone looking for an overall, well-made film though.
** out of 4 stars
Now, for anyone who hasn't exactly been keeping up with the news, Justin Bieber is a Canadian pop singer who is, at the time of writing, the most famous teenager on the planet. And to a great deal of people, he has it all: money, fame, and millions of girls his age pining for him. Of course, being a heterosexual teenage guy, I admit that I'm not too fond of the Bieberina. I'll have to say though, this movie was fascinating. In a bad way.
The funniest thing is that it's pretty obvious that it took the most time to make Bieber look like he was destined to be the way he is now. As it turns out, he is, but not in the way that the makers of this film intended. He's portrayed as an uber-talented virtuoso of music, and should be hailed as the next Beatle, despite the fact that it attempts to prove this by showing a tiny Bieber playing drums, and he gets better and better the more recent the home videos provided by his mother gets. I'm not going to explain the flaw there. All of his crew, and especially some of the youngest and sluttiest tween girls I've ever seen, rave about him, but offer nothing except for something like "HEEEEEEEE'SSSSS SOOOOOOO CUTTTEEEEEEEEE." Bieber can sing, and Bieber can play musical instruments, and he's talented, more than me by far, but the question that never gets answered is: why exactly was this made? Bieber hasn't changed music at all, and he's like the Obama of entertainment: using modern technology to promote something that has already existed. Other metrosexual pop singers like N'Sync and Aaron Carter have already beaten him to the game, and they aren't any better than he is.
It also shows a sadder truth: Bieber's fame has gone to his head. And he did have an extremely good childhood, and his worst actual issue is that his father abandoned him, and then suddenly reappeared in his life, "Talladega Nights" style, right when he gets famous. Bieberworld revolves around Bieber, and his crew and ALL those girls just stoke the old ego even more. There's actually two home videos that do the best to prove this. In one, I'm guessing he's about six, he's playing the drums, and suddenly, it's another video, and he's about eight, playing them again. In the first one, he still looks like a kid. In the second one, he's dressed in a hoodie and cap, doing the "white boy urban" style, with an arrogant sneer on his face.
Expanding on that, his family's actually worse. They rave on and on about how great he is, but they're describing things ALL kids generally do. His mother's the worst: looking like a reject from one of those "Real Housewives" shows, with the classic "valley girl" expression of slack stupidity on her face, plus the voice. Don't forget deadbeat dad, who looks like a Jersey Shore addict, and actually looking like a stereotypical douchebag. With parents like that, it's no surprise that Bieber is now stuck up.
Watching all of this unfold is the interesting part. You see how one guy can turn rotten from a amazing life. You see the girls screaming at him, the fame, the glory, and it messes him up. And if this was anyone else, say "Joe Schmoe: Never Say Never," you'd have the same movie, made by greedy corporate executives for a little cash. Add the subtle Christian values to the movie (at one point, they get in a circle and say grace, despite the fact that his manager (looking like a clone copy of his dad) is Jewish. Good old Biebster.
So if you're a teenage guy like me, and not upper class, you may want to see this movie to see how the role model for the popular kids at school operates. You will see the complete moral bottom of American teenage-hood on that stage with him, and you're gonna wonder how we've stooped so low. You're going to hate this movie, but you're gonna hate it saying "The fuck just happened?"
In this G-rated 3D documentary, the meteoritic rise to stardom of pop star Bieber is re-recreated through archival video and home movies alongside real concert footage.
Love or hate Bieber's music, there's no denying his musicianship. From a young age, the star-to-be showed remarkable talent-period. Oh, it's a spit-shined and polished effort, mind (the footage and interviews are all complimentary of the artist with all of the forced cock-eyed optimism that a G-rating can afford and the actual drama - gasp, Justin has a sore throat! - is dubious), but the saccharine sells through this literal dream-come-true. The star cameos (Usher, LA Reid, Jaden Smith, Miley Cyrus) are welcome distractions, but the concert-heavy third act can be downright distressing if you're not a screaming teenager.
Bottom line: The kid's alright.
Well this is a documentary so my normal format will not suffice here.
So, this documentary came out, what, a year or so after he became big? Well, to me that's too soon. I think they should have waited until he...became a little less big. Not to sound heartless or anything. But just having his early life and his rise doesn't cut it to me. I'd say that he would have needed to wait at least 10-15 years before they did something like this. This is too soon for me.
Well on to Bieber himself, the kid is undeniably talented particularly with drums. That is clearly evident. He definitely has God given talent. On a talent scale overall I would rate him at a...9/10. He's a decent singer but not too perfect. Does his talent warrant the kind of screaming fan attention that he gets? Maybe. Well, actually nobody deserves that. He deserves a loyal fan-base, but those girls just need to calm the heck down. Yes he's good but openly weeping with tears of pure joy at the mere sight of him is too much. I never had much experience with him. I don't think I've heard many if any of his songs so I have a pretty neutral opinion on the guy. I never got into the group that hates his guts.
but the guy is very popular and he knows it. but he seems like a nice enough guy if a little big-headed occasionally.
Now, on to the movie itself. It was interesting but it just got so boring after a while because it was so repetitive. You could have cut out half an hour off of that movie and still have it say exactly the same thing that it did. It was overly long and I just got bored halfway through. When was this gonna end!?!? I found myself thinking. Eventually it did end as all movies must. It was a 3-D movie too which confused me. It just goes to show that film-makers don't really know what to do with 3-D. There were only a few seconds in the film that could be 3-D. Why do they do this!? Long story short, It was overly long, the second half was really boring (and if I watched the first half again right now that would be boring too) and it hardly has a real story to it. It's a one hour and 45 minute long movie and only 35-40 minutes of that has a story to it. Most of it is exposition. It was simply a camera crew following him around for a while. it was okay at first but it got boring. Would I suggest this to anyone? Well...no. No I wouldn't unless you like Bieber.
Final Score: 25/40 62% (M)
Tomatometer rating: 64%
Tomatometer rating if my review was added: 65%
No trivia for this film...I should knock off a few points for that....