Katy Perry: Part of Me Reviews
Good documentary movie! Like her music or not, this film is so much more than that. This is a behind the scenes look at the side of music you don't see very often. Every star has their ways of doing things, but here seeing what Perry, and obviously many others like her go through both personally and physically to deliver what the fans clamor for should give you a new respect for both her and the performers in general. What's really crazy is that you can't help but enjoy this movie due to the simple fact that it exhumes joy on every level. It's like you fell off a cloud into a real life candy land and will bring a smile to your face.
More of a music documentary than a concert video, Katy Perry: Part of Me chronicles Perry's year-long California Dreams World Tour in 2011 with an abundance of personal interviews, film of Perry interacting with her fans, and concert footage from California and around the globe. Absolutely bursting with energy, Perry's a fascinating singer, songwriter, and performer who's faced a fair amount of adversity in her career, and whose upbringing was very different than that of most pop stars. This film plays at times almost like a video diary. Perry philosophizes about everything from growing up in a strictly Pentecostal Christian family to her fairy-tale outlook on life, costuming choices, how her own experiences and emotions influence her lyrics and music, her drive to remain true to herself, and the difficulty of sustaining a long-distance marriage with actor Russell Brand. There's also plenty of footage with Perry's costumers, makeup artists, various assistants, and friends, including actress Shannon Woodward. But some of the most interesting interviews are those with her sister Angela Hudson, who travels with show, and her mother and father regarding their commitment to accepting and supporting Perry and her career despite potential conflicts with their religious views. One discussion that's oddly omitted is any hint of why Perry changed her name. While the personal and backstage footage is heartfelt and quite intriguing, the film seemed somewhat lacking in actual concert footage, though viewers are treated to at least parts of "Firework," "California Gurls," "Part of Me," "Last Friday Night," and "Peacock."
Of course, she is a bona fida star. You would have to have lived in a hole for the better part of the past decade in order to not be infected by her songs. And you would have to have had your eyes gouged out in order to not see her gorgeous mug, which has graced nearly every publication found at your local magazine stand. (Last year's Field & Stream featured quite a provocative cover of her naked, straddling an Alligator)
Of course, when one reaches that caliber of stardom it is impossible not to have an opinion about them. These opinions range from extreme to extreme.
In fact, were I to dare assert that Katy Perry is not your average pop star, but a distinct, singular, firework amidst a sea of dim flares, my compatriots would surely accost me saying, "How can you call yourself a music fan, but still claim to enjoy this filth! You swine! Get behind me Satan!"
Even in this post 9-11 world riddled with ominous terror threats and the pervasive fear that our nation is on the brink of implosion, most people do not stifle their disdain for the pop sensation. Which is heartbreaking to say the least. Tis a sad state of affairs when a group of people cannot agree on something that is so flagrantly obvious.
Katy Perry is an angel sent straight from heaven. Although her wings may elude the naked eye, the refrains that escape her lips are unmistakably not of this world.
As one can glean from the above paragraphs, I am not demure about my devotion to ms. Perry. So the thought of spending an hour and 1/2 with the pop princess thrilled me to say the least.
Is it a puff piece? Yes. Is it a well-done puff piece? Very much so.
Look, I wasn't expecting 8 & 1/2 or an exegesis of the Syrian Civil War. I only desired to see Katy. Ostentatiously adorned in peculiar garb, belting out hit after hit whilst genderless pixies frolic and cavort on stage around her. All in glorious HD.
Does it have this? In spades
So if the thought of seeing Katy Perry in glorious 3D makes you cringe, then it might be best to stay away. If the thought stirs up a bit of excitement in your belly, then like the dust brings forth a sneeze, let her presence bring forth your smile.
Katy Perry: Part of Me is a documentary that chronicles Katy Perry's life on and off-stage. It goes into details about Katy's career from when she used to be a christian gospel artist to where the pop sensation she is now. We get some interview with her family members and friends of her which does add some more insight for those for really don't much about her. The great thing about this documentary, unlike The Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience, is that it actually shows Katy Perry doing hard work. She didn't become an over night sensation which makes the aspects of her struggles all the more interesting. She worked hard to be where she is which this documentary does showcase well. Though some of the editing could have been improved. The concerts scenes are often interrupted by cutaways or a voice over. Katy Perry is a singer and it's disappointed that every time she performs on stage we don't see her doing what she does best without some kind of interruption. This a documentary that's not only fans, even someone like me who doesn't pay much attention to her was able to enjoy it.
Now no musical documentary would be complete without some kind of judgement of the actual music itself. I think it's okay, but fans of the pop genre will definitely enjoy it more. I do think that Katy Perry is a talented song writer and it shows. Especially with her song "Hummingbird Heartbeat" being the best which has a simple message, but a creative way of telling it. Now there are songs that don't really have much of a point. In particular the popular song "California Girls" which I only heard once on the radio and again for this review. Sure it's a fun song, but is it really something you would want to listen to years from now? Generally speaking her music is a mixed bag. For every good personal experience one could relate too like "The One Who Away" you'll get something pointless like "I Kissed Girl" that does little to show her true talent.
Katy Perry: Part of Me is a documentary that even non-fans of her music can enjoy. You will learn more about the popular singer and even if you don't become a fan of her music you will discover that she actually deserves her fame for her hard work unlike some artists.
It's essentially the same thing, if Bieber was a woman and had even worse fashion sense. The two literally had the exact same background, although Perry is a prime example of using sex appeal to get famous. She was initially one of those Christian singers, and it wasn't until she got raunchy and started letting her tits hang out that she got attention. The failed marriage with Russell Brand is also given some mention, although it can't be too good if you start laughing whenever Perry starts crying.
The highlights of the film are the moments which were clearly not intended to be there. The best of them are near the beginning, where a camera catches Perry in a skintight pantsuit wiggling her ass at a mirror, screaming out "Look at my ass! It looks like Nicki Minaj!" Even funnier, when Perry, introduced to a pregnant fan, gingerly touches her belly, feeling the baby kick, and going into a literal panic attack, screaming at everyone who will listen, "There's something in her belly!" There's a billion more little moments like this, and I was literally on the floor crying, I was laughing that hard.
While the Bieber film was clearly made, and purposely filmed in such a way that he wouldn't seem like a total idiot, Perry did not have such luck. While Bieber barely said a word throughout the film, Perry is caught every moment she talks, and she's so hysterically stupid that you will be laughing the whole way through. Imagine the ditzy preppy girl at your old high school who could barely complete a sentence. Perry was clearly that girl when she was a teenager.
And yet it is the worst film of the year so far. Every inch of it smacks of fluff piece and publicity stunt. And hopefully movies like this will stop appearing in theaters.
All i can say, is she felt so genuine, and happy. She just seems like a cool person to hang out with. I went into this movie not knowing what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.