Katy Perry Part of Me
People always tell us that in order to survive in this world, we need to get on the train everyone is one, and ride along with them. Any time we show something out of the social boundary is a time that will hurt us. As long as we hide our weirdness, normal lives will be easy to have. What makes celebrities interesting is their uniqueness. Many of them took the risk of making nothing out of their hobby just to do what makes them happy. This leads to the question of whether or not it’s better to have a normal life, or attempt to create something bigger.
As I said, celebrities, especially singers, have the ability to bring their world to an audience and transport them there. In Katy Perry: Part of Me, we take the trip behind the mind that is Katy Perry. Just like The Beatles in Hard Days Night, Michael Jackson in Moonwalker, and Justin Beiber in Never Say Never, this documentary follows one of the biggest names in music as we get a glimpse into their performances, lifestyle, and personality. Katy Perry is someone I hear on the radio at least once a week, though I’m not a fan. I will admit that she is pretty and her record of having five single hits from an album is impressive.
When I went into the theater, I assumed that I was going to get a concert film along with a documentary. Most of the previews and marketing I’ve seen have made that clear. As it turned out, I got more of her behind the scenes footage then the actual performances. The good news is that the concert footage you do see is well edited to the story of her life. In a way, the movie felt like an autobiography.
From her cotton candy dreams, the movie unravels her years of growing up in a highly conservative Christian family to moving to Los Angeles to fighting for creative rights. I would have never guessed a strange girl like her coming from a family like that. She knew that growing up in that household was not her plan. Her performances were colorful explosion that rebel against normal. What comes from the fireworks is a great performer that sang song that came from personal experience, and not from the capital. What I’ve witnessed is a year worth of touring that brings in die-hard fans, a brief marriage to Russell Brand, a battle from depression, and a fight to bring her heart to the audience.
I was surprisingly taken in by Katy Perry’s weirdness. For something that was probably a corporate idea, was given so much passion and fun. It’s certainly nothing new as every celebrity tells their story of how hard it is to have a career and a personal life. What works is how each song played a role in her rise to fame. Fame is not normal, and should only be pursued if you can handle it. To get famous with a talent is one thing, but to control the lifestyle is another.
This gets four cotton candy clouds out of five. This film is probably going to stick out as a brand from the 2010s. But when Katy has fun, she shares every moment with the audience. “Firework” will play on the radio for a while. I’ll enjoy it while I still can.