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Katy Perry: Part Of Me - Review

Katy Perry: Part of Me

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

WITH 3D concert movies fast becoming the new ‘go to’ for distributors looking to make a fast buck off the back of massive pop success it’s little wonder that Katy Perry is the latest to receive the treatment.

Perry has, after all, broken several records including one that saw her beat the likes of The Beatles and Michael Jackson to landing five consecutive No.1 singles from the same album.

Unlike other documentaries – Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, for example, or even Glee‘s concert movieKaty Perry: Part Of Me at least feels more emotionally engaging, even for non-fans.

Admittedly, it’s a shorter more tolerable form of the kind of reality TV that keeps Katie Price and Peter Andre going. But it does have several things in its favour.

Perry is a massive talent whose songs are undeniably catchy and she’s also an endearing presence. And while this film was originally envisaged as a celebratory behind-the-scenes look at the singer’s endurance testing 124-date California Dreams tour, it also happened to coincide with Perry’s fairytale romance with comedian Russell Brand, their subsequent marriage and divorce.

As such, it offers an eye-opening insight into the pitfalls of fame with Perry’s determination to lead a fairytale existence severely put to the test.

Although one-sided in this regard, and never divulging too much, there are genuinely distressing scenes that depict Perry’s tortured mental state as she attempts to battle fatigue and save her marriage, culminating in one brutally honest moment in which she is seen uncontrollably crying just seconds before going on-stage to perform before her largest ever audience in Brazil.

During such moments, even the hardest heart may melt while you can’t help but admire her professionalism and dedication to her fans.

Another part of the film’s success lies in its ability to dispel the myth that Perry was an overnight success off the back of her famous breakthrough, I Kissed A Girl. Rather, she had to bide her time, having been raised by strict religious parents and then initially being groomed as the next Alanis Morrissette (one of her inspirations) or Avril Lavigne (footage of which amuses).

The concert scenes, too, showcase an artist in her prime attempting to offer nothing more than the chance to leave people with a smile on their face.

For all its limitations and unanswered questions, the film itself also manages to achieve that while also, quite possibly, getting viewers to shed the odd tear as well.

Certificate: PG
Running time: 97mins
UK Release Date: July 5, 2012