Tuesday, July 31, 2012

REVIEW: Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D

Katy Perry: Part of Me

Katy Perry


July 5, 2012

Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz

Paramount Pictures,
Insurge Pictures, MTV Films

1 hour 33 minutes



It seems that the trend in Hollywood these days is making concert documentaries on the latest top singers. It was only last year when Paramount released 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,' and that was only a mild success. Several months later, audiences were given 'Glee: The 3D Concert Movie,' but they decided to skip out on that entirely despite having such a huge following. Now we have been given a concert movie about Katy Perry, and the film is somewhat appropriately titled 'Katy Perry: Part of Me.' The typical formula of a concert documentary is followed as expected in this film.

In case you don't know what the formula is, it goes like so: footage of concert is shown, fans are filmed saying "oh Katy Perry was such an inspiration" and "we love you Katy Perry," as well as a synopsis on their life before the fame. However this movie does something that I've never seen a concert film do before, and that is focus on the artist at hand DURING the behind the scenes of the tour. That argument could be considered to be invalid since the Hanna Montana and Justin Bieber movies did show that type of stuff. The thing about this film is that it shows our center of focus, Katy Perry, in her weakest and rawest moments during the yearlong tour.

It was quite a bold choice to show Perry in her most depressing moments, which mostly involves her breakup from actor Russell Brand, but it actually makes 'Part of Me' an incredibly unique concert film. I'm not the biggest Katy Perry fan per say, but her music is very enjoyable and quite catchy. The 3D is used very well during the concert sequences, however anyone could see this in regular 2D and be satisfied just as much. If one is dragged to see this film by their young daughters, they may end up being very surprised at how entertaining this is. Of all of the subjects for concert movies, Perry is the most likable and the most tolerable to be with for the duration of a movie.

She seems like she'd be an awesome person to hang out with, and I rarely say that about someone who's in a documentary. Not only is she cool, but she gives back to her fans, which I found to be incredibly touching and awesome for someone to do. It's great to have a film with good music, a likable main subject, and a running time that's less than 2 hours. The film clocks in at a solid 93 minutes, which, in my opinion is short and sweet compared to some of the other concert movies that have been over 100 minutes. Even if you're not a 'Katy Perry' fan, you will appreciate this film to a certain degree. 'Katy Perry: Part of Me' is fresh, entertaining, and the best concert film since 'Michael Jackson's This is It,' and that really is saying a lot.


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1 comment:

  1. Good review, Zach. I'm not too in seeing this, but perhaps i'll get around to it.


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