Spencer's Review of Katy Perry: Part of Me
Katy Perry: Part of Me(2012)
I am not personally the biggest Katy Perry fan, neither do I frequently listen only to pop music, because I lean more towards alternative and classic hard rock, BUT I do know all the Katy Perry discography and have listened to her songs on the radio since the infamous, "I Kissed a Girl." She is everywhere, whether in a positive way or negative and through it all this film shows she doesn't care. She doesn't care if you think her songs are repetitive, that her costumes look like the bargain bin at a clown costuming shop, or that she can't sing. She blows through all that hate and this documentary won't even give haters the dignity to be onscreen. Instead it's about Perry's rise to fame, her rough start, her life as a performer, and briefly even touches on her marriage and divorce at the time of filming. Katy Perry shows herself as a positive role model for children, teenagers, and adults alike, puts on one hell of a show, and all the while remains exhausted thanks to a lengthy tour schedule and her divorce from comedian Russell Brand. They show a lot of scenes where the married couple are so loving, and close, and the film even builds up that love story. Astonishingly enough, during the divorce from Russell Brand we get to see Perry break down moments before getting on stage for a giant concert and then do it all anyway, one of the most poignant moments of the film. More than that we get to see who Perry is, fusing both biography and concert film. She started in gospel, and amazingly enough tried to release an album that has music even I would be drawn to, apparently inspired by Alanis Morisette. She was blocked repeatedly, and eventually made this confectionary sugar laced music, which made her huge. I thought the concert footage was great, that she showed her true self and not just the happy face she puts on for fans and the audience, and that takes a lot of guts. No matter what you think about her music, as a person she shows herself to be genuine and sweet, which makes this all the more enjoyable.