Genre: Documentary Director: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz Cast: Katy Perry RunTime: 1 hr 37 mins Rating: PG13 Released By: UIP Official Website: http://www.katyperrypartofme.com/
Opening Day:23 August 2012
Synopsis: A motion picture event movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D is a backstage pass, front row seat and intimate look at the fun, glamorous, heartbreaking, inspiring, crazy, magical, passionate, and honest mad diary of Katy.
Katy Perry: Part of Me is a film on Katy Perry’s rise to stardom. It features some of her past, as well as support from her fans, and concert footages from Katy Perry’s 2011 California Dreams World Tour. As much as one wants to think of this as just another film intended for entertainment, it is hard to dismiss that this is quite a blatant effort for PR.
The film started off with many young fans sending their tributes to their idol, Katy Perry, about how she has inspired them and how she taught them that it’s ‘okay to be weird’. Like the tagline of the movie goes, ‘be yourself and you can be anything’; possibly, she’s a living statement of what she had claimed.
The movie is documentary styled, having cuts and recollection of past happenings. It is like a timeline of Katy Perry put into a movie. Honestly, the entertainment value is not very high, since there is no storyline to follow. The whole movie is very Katy Perry centered, and you would need to be a fan to be able to thoroughly enjoy the movie. Yes, it gives you a glimpse to the celebrity lifestyle, but that too is limited and not enough an appeal for the majority.
From what is portrayed in the movie, she has certainly worked her way up, deserving the glitz and glamour she has today. She has had a rough start, and was profoundly bounded by family beliefs. On the surface it seems like she was just an outright deviant, but if she had not taken the step of faith, she would not be where she is today. And certainly, there is some appeal for such a ‘good girl gone bad’, especially since there is a significant crowd that are pretty hung up on voyeurism.
Throughout the movie, there is a strong Katy Perry presence, communicating her perseverance and tenacity, a girl who chose to pursue her passion which was conceived when she was just a typical California girl. It was sincere and heartfelt, and her bubbly character did make the otherwise boring movie a little more fun. The concert footages were pretty interesting too, as they not only feature her and special segments from concert, but also reaction from fans from different parts of the world.
However, it did start to get a little tiresome when testimonies from fans and celebrity alike are cramped in one after another. It’s as though the movie is not Katy Perry enough. Arguably, the climax is her emotional wreck after her relationship with English comedian Russell Brand fell out. She did rise up from the shackles eventually, proving that she is indeed that same tough girl that fought for her own dream and career.
Overall, it’s a great peek into the wacky, witty and saucy Katy Perry’s personal life with a stroke of humour. Unfortunately, the appeal is still quite limited, as there is no epic plot or awesome take-aways.
("This is a part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me" ~ feel like a fan of hers already!)