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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Late Movie Review: Katy Perry: Part Of Me




Katy Perry: Part Of Me.

Cast: Katy Perry, Russell Brand

Directors: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz


** and a 1/2*s out of four.


I am not a fan of Katy Perry's music, but at the same time, I don't hate any of her songs either.  She is a good singer and, as much as I hate admit it, some of her songs are really quite catchy.  Even if you down-right hate the kind of music she plays, you have to at least admire what she has accomplished in her career.  I believe she is the only pop star with more than five number one singles from just one album.  That's pretty damn impressive.  This documentary chronicles Miss Perry on her first worldwide tour, but at the same time it also shows her break up with actor comedienne Russell Brand.



When I first saw ads for it, I just imagined another pop star fluff piece and for the first fifteen minutes that is what you get.  Fans talking about how wonderful she is, mixed in with footage of her concert.  It was impressive to learn that she grew up in a Pentecostal religious family that banned them from eating Lucky Charms and watching "The Wizard Of Oz".   Quite a change from the person whose first hit song was "I Kissed a Girl".  I knew there was some turmoil with her parents, and even though they are accepting of her, I wanted to see a little bit more of their arguments about the change in her singing career.  After all, she did start off as a Christian pop star named Kate Hudson.  Hmm, I wonder why she changed her name to Perry.  Whether she is on stage or off, Miss Perry has incredible charisma.  Not just with the people she works with, but with her fans as well.  She isn't ashamed of being goofy and that kind of happy, positive attitude is infectious.  Not to mention she has an amazing body and looks amazingly hot in her outfits (hey I'm a guy, of course I'm going to look at her in that way).  The concert footage is quite impressive and features one moment where she does multiple costume changes during the course of one song.


The movie does delve a bit into her relationship, and ultimately her break up, with Russell Brand.  At the eve of one of her shows, we see her completely depressed because their marriage has just ended.  She is broken down badly because of this breakup, there is a chance the show might have to be cancelled.  Despite all the sadness she is feeling, Miss Perry still goes on with the concert and to put yourself out there like that is really impressive.  It's one thing to make jokes and gossip about celebrities and their relationships, but these are real people and heart break is tough for anyone - even if you are a famous celebrity.  I just wish we could have seen more of the problems both of them were having.  We only see them together being happy.  We never see any of the problems they were going through or have the break-up explained. So when it happens, it feels like it came out of nowhere.  Then again, it may be that the reasons are not important.  Love sometimes can just fade away and showing the reasons why may have resulted in different reactions from her fans.

If you are a die hard fan of her music, you are going to love this movie.  If you hate her, there is nothing I can say that will convince you to see it.  For me, it has proven without a shadow of a doubt that being a celebrity sucks ass.  That's why I chose to become a film critic.  No one is hanging around my place trying to get pictures of me.  You think Leonard Maltin has this happen to him every day?  Well, maybe sometimes, but not as much as Miss Perry.





 



23 comments:

  1. You were a lot kinder to this documentary than I was. While I like her music and I enjoy the fact that she was inspired by the album Jagged Little Pill, I just didn't see the need for this movie to exist. OH and for the love of anything please see it in 3D. The concert footage was the highlight and was worth the premium from what I can remember.

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    1. I did not see it in 3D and I still found the concert footage to be very well done. I agree with you that it did not need to be made, but it was still fascinating to see. Plus Katy is very hot so I did not mind looking at her on the big screen

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  2. I agree with what you say about hating celebrity... It's why I avoid "news" sites like TMZ because of how much I hate their admiration of celebrity. I'm a big fan of Katy Perry, both as a talented musician and her looks. However, her live shows are not my thing at all - would love to see just the documentary aspects of this movie without the concert footage.

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    1. The doc footage is really well done especially when she breaks down. It must be really tough to allways appear happy when things are falling apart around you. The concert footage is well done. She spent a lot of time putting that show together. Thanks for the comment.

      Oh and thanks for the earlier comment Max

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