Documentaries on concerts are often a love or hate relationship. When Michael Jackson died, his film “This is It” was a smashing success. However, when Justin Bieber’s 3D concert documentary “Never Say Never” was released, it received a lot of hate. Katy Perry’s “Part of Me” has an interesting take on the documentary genre, as it captured every major moment in her life in the year 2011, including her split with Russell Brand.
The film begins with several younger people praising Katy Perry, and explaining how she has changed their lives, and realized the “fireworks” that are within themselves. It then bounces into the start of her 2011 tour, which would be two hours every day for an entire year. What’s interesting is this film is a concert in and of itself as well as a behind-the-scenes look at her career and life growing up.
It dives deep into the heart of where she began in a heavily Christian upbringing. She was sheltered to thinking there was no other life outside of her families religion. Her singing career began with Christian songs under her birth name, “Katy Hudson”. Those of you from South Bend will be glad to know she performed here in that time of her life, and clips of her performance in South Bend are used in this film.
Having a sheltered life made her who she is today. It gave her the motivation to start writing songs about what’s going on in her life, and not to worry about what other people thought about her. That is the message she has always wanted to spread, a message of love and hope. This film has a very staggering display of devotion to her career and vulnerability to love and relationships. It felt very real when she went through the separation with Russell Brand, and you could very well tell things weren’t going so great leading up to the separation. Before she even knew what was coming, the audience did, and could tell by reading her emotions. That’s a powerful thing.
No way in the world could she have known that in the middle of making this documentary, that she would go through such hardships. Does it make the movie any better? Possibly, because it displays a level of realism that isn’t always seen, but maybe not. Something else could have happened which the film would have focused on instead to make it just as good.
Overall, the only real negative thing to say here, is now and then the audience clearly sees the attempts the film throws in to maximize on 3D visual effects. That can get corny for any movie because it is overdone. Other than that, the film is golden. The only people I would recommend against watching this film are those who have expressed a deep hatred or disdain towards Katy Perry or her music. Although, if that were the case, you would have already decided not to watch the film.
“Katy Perry: Part of Me” sings its way to DVD and Blu-Ray on Sept. 18!