“‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ packs a fun pop-star punch ” Says NY Daily News – Todays Movie News
Obviously, self-produced concert documentaries are just another element in a pop star’s publicity effort. But examples in recent years, from the likes of Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber, have been unusually good-natured. The goal is not to enlighten, but to entertain.
So while parents buy tickets with the understanding that they’re contributing to a marketing machine, kids come away awed and delighted by such an up-close-and-personal experience.
“Katy Perry: Part of Me” fits neatly into this genre, offering a superstar who could be the viewer’s ultra-cool big sister. Naturally, we have no way of knowing whether Perry is really as down to earth as the movie suggests, despite all the relatives and employees who attest to her awesomeness.
Still, there’s no faking fun. For audiences, the most valuable aspect of concert movies like these isn’t the star’s carefully crafted personal promotion. It’s the chance at relatively cheap front-row seats for a show you never got to see live (or loved so much you want to see again). And Perry’s stage presence is undeniably irresistible.
Candy-coated cartoon, meta-sex kitten, secret geek: Perry plays every angle with impressive ease, both onstage and off. Directors Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz (who also worked on the Bieber doc) cannily intercut the personal and professional. A high-energy “Teenage Dream” represents her exciting rise to the top, “Not Like the Movies” reflects her troubles with (now ex-) husband Russell Brand, and a heartfelt “The One That Got Away” comes as she deals with their divorce.
That breakup actually serves as the film’s emotional centerpiece, guaranteeing an even deeper connection between a vulnerable Perry and the girls (and boys) who love her.
One might wonder what Brand thinks about such a one-sided account of their relationship, but don’t expect to hear any complaints from her fan base. Adults will see an impressively savvy businesswoman; tweens will notice nothing but the fireworks (which would have been impressive enough without the overpriced 3-D ticket).
“My goal is super-simple,” Perry coyly insists, even as she helms an exceedingly complex, back-breaking tour around the globe. “It’s just to make people smile.” Mission accomplished. Perry may be the world’s most high-profile tease, but she sure knows how to show us a good time.
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