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An energetic but thin portrait of the venerable rock band Journey, Don't Stop Believin' gets a boost from new singer Arnel Pineda's charming personality.
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Pineda's humility is a rare rockumentary commodity, but the film around him is riven with underarticulated tensions: any suspicion that the management might have employed third-world labour to enable the show to go on is simply shrugged off.
It feels selectively edited toward a predetermined point of view.
[Plods] from one performance to the next with unnecessary asides for veteran Journey members to talk about their own lives (trivia of interest to megafans and no one else).
As infectious as Pineda's enthusiasm is, "Don't Stop Believin' " too often relies on his inherent appeal as a film subject, rarely probing more deeply than the narrative he and his bandmates provide.
Ms. Diaz settles for a flabby, repetitive showcase for the songs and an attaboy for their newest singer.
Pineda's ebullience is infectious, and "Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey" is a pleasant story of dreams coming true.
The YouTube era has seen many stars shine, but no story -- not even Justin Bieber's -- is as extraordinary as that of Arnel Pineda.
Inspiring despite issues with pacing, which will be more pronounced for those not inclined to think about Journey.
A glorified home movie, complete with self-congratulary smugness from the band's original members.
Rather than a faux psychological analysis, the film offers instead a general commentary on how class, race, and nationality-as well as gender, even more generally-shape Arnel's experience.
By the time the band arrives in Manila for Pineda's emotional homecoming, every note feels as if it's been earned.
Once this new Journey has become a success, "Don't Stop Believin'" doesn't have a whole lot more to say on the subject.
Two music industry documentaries in two days, and I could not find two of the more different! This documentary directed and produced by Ramona S. Diaz was a real Cinderella story of the famous band Journey and its new lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, a Filipino who comes from a poor neighbourhood, abandoned by his father at the age of 13.
The film is focused on the band and Arnel, the new singer, during the Revelation Tour in the United States and Pineda's homecoming in Manila, Philippines where they performed in front of 25,000 people. Revealing, warm, and entertaining 105 minutes will make you appreciate the opportunity this young man got to finally leave the miserable life and poverty behind him! Very energetic performance but the screenplay was very shallow. Luckily, there was the Journey music to fill up the gap.
Charming Pineda stole the show - and I am extremely happy for it. Try to watch it!
A snapshot of Journey at this moment in its 30-year history, 2008, as it emerges with a new lead singer.
Great Documnentary!!! I'm a big fan of Journey so I enjoyed it very much. The documentary shows how the band has been affected with Arnel Pineda now leading the iconic group, and it seems that it couldn't have been more positive in terms of popularity. We see how Journey is playing in different parts of the world now, and that there is a stunning influx of Filipino attendees at their concerts now. One wonders if it's still necessarily politically correct to refer to the band as the all American rock band.
Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey follows the real life rock-n-roll fairy tale story of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from You Tube to become the front man for iconic American rock band, Journey, thereby becoming the latest performer to go from the Internet to real life celebrity. Having already overcome a life full of painful obstacles and now saddled with the immense pressures of leading a world renowned band and replacing a legendary singer, the film follows Arnel on this personal journey.
If you have not checked out this movie yet, do it now. It's AWESOME. Very inspiring. Of course, I'm a bit biased cause I'm a big Journey fan. Regardless, it's a very cool rags to riches story. Arnel Pineda's story is amazing. From a homeless man living on the streets of the Philippines, a chance youtube search lands him the job of Journey's front man.
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